Mesilla – Mesilla's Board of Trustees has voted to reduce the work week for 10 employees to save money.
By reducing the work week from 35 hours to 32 hours, the southern New Mexico town expects to save more than $11,000 in salaries and benefits that would have been owed to the employees.
The shorter work week will take effect Jan. 11 and will continue through June.
Mayor Michael Cadena says the reduction could be shortened if Mesilla merchants are able to bring in more gross receipts taxes in the coming months.
The reduction will affect five employees in town administration and five of the town government's department directors.
Trustees also trimmed $6,000 in salaries and stipends paid to three trustees and three members of the town's planning and zoning commission.
Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com
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