Friday, April 2, 2010

Sterling slashing budget: City may lay off 
firefighters, mandate some furlough days

By JASON CARSON WILSON 
jwilson@svnmail.com 
800-798-4085, ext. 521

STERLING – While the city’s proposed budget doesn’t include any increases in taxes or fees, it’s far from painless.

City jobs will be lost through layoffs or attrition. Employees will be asked to pay a greater percentage of the city’s health insurance costs. And there will be wage freezes and furloughs for most.

The city of Sterling’s nearly $20 million spending plan for fiscal year 2010-11 was released last week. A budget hearing will be Monday.

The plan calls for a spending increase of more than $800,000 over the 2009-10 budget. City Manager Scott Shumard said most of that is grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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