Salary and hiring freezes, additional operating cuts proposed in response to weakening economy.
Sensing continued economic decline, the Aspen city government is proposing to shave up to an additional $2 million from this year’s budget.City Manager Steve Barwick announced Friday that in addition to more than $1 million in budget cuts to the city’s general fund, a salary freeze for all city employees will be put into place effective Feb. 9. …“While the city’s budget forecast is not so bad that we absolutely must freeze wages right now, the trends are ominous,” Barwick said after a series of meetings with employees on Friday. “It is prudent to act now rather than later.”
By Carolyn Sakariason, Feb 7, 2009, The Aspen Times, Aspen, CO

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