Eugene slashes city jobs

The city of Eugene will cut jobs and reduce hours in an effort to relieve the $445 million budget.

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About 40 Eugene city workers will either be laid off or have their hours reduced, while 25 to 30 currently vacant jobs will be eliminated by the next fiscal year.

The cuts will bring the number of city employees below 1,500, its lowest level since 2006.

The personnel moves are needed to relieve pressure on the city’s $445 million budget, which has been squeezed by the slow economy, steadily rising employee costs and past decisions to add expenses without money to pay for them, city officials said.

The job cuts and hours adjustments will affect all city departments and include unionized and nonunion employees, [City Manager Jon Ruiz] said. No police officers and firefighters will lose their jobs, he said.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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