MESILLA, N.M. – (AP) Mesilla's revenues have dwindled over the past two years because of the recession, so town clerk and treasurer Juan Fuentes says many employees are glad just to have a job.
The Mesilla board of trustees is reviewing gross receipts tax reports monthly and meeting in closed session to discuss personnel issues. Those personnel issues have routinely focused on Mesilla's ability to continue to provide services to residents without cutting the number of workers too much.
Since 70 percent of Mesilla's operating budget is tied to salaries, employees have had their hours cut and they will see smaller paychecks.
Most of the town's 30 employees are working a 32-hour week, but the Public Works and Marshal's departments are on a 35-hour work week.
Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com
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