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City of Sparks lays off 6 workers
by Joshua H. Silavent
Mar 16, 2011 | 3608 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune File/Nathan Orme - The city of Sparks laid off six workers today. The job cuts will save the city about $650,000 said Sparks spokesperson Adam Mayberry.
Tribune File/Nathan Orme - The city of Sparks laid off six workers today. The job cuts will save the city about $650,000 said Sparks spokesperson Adam Mayberry.
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SPARKS — The city eliminated six positions in the public works, community development and information technology departments on Wednesday in response to a $4.6 million budget deficit faced for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The layoffs will reduce that shortfall by about $650,000 in labor costs and also help contribute to the comprehensive reorganization and sustainability initiatives launched by city management last year, spokesperson Adam Mayberry said.

As part of these efforts, for example, a city planner is one of the positions eliminated. Its need has fallen away as new commercial, residential and business development has dried up, Mayberry said.

Wednesday’s layoffs are likely a sign of things to come.

“We can expect more … in the months ahead,” Mayberry said.

No city department, be it public safety or government administration, appears immune from the possibility.

The city has shrunk its workforce by about 30 percent since 2007.

Mayberry stressed that the “budget for the current fiscal year is on track,” and that the potential for more layoffs is a result of a better than 9 percent reduction in general fund spending needed to balance the budget for the next fiscal year.

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