County Proposing To Cut Jobs

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Sedgwick County leaders are proposing a retirement package and a plan for employees who are laid off in the future.

County management is calling this a tough decision. It is setting up early retirement and layoff packages in an effort to cut $9 million from the budget.

Right now there are around 3,000 Sedgwick County employees. Three hundred and eighty of them are eligible for retirement. The county is hoping 38 of those will volunteer to retire, and to save extra money, people are expected to lose their jobs.

"Of course it makes me nervous," said Chasta Easterby. "Not having a job. If I got a pay cut though I would feel bad about that but I would be more content with that, considering the other options."

"It's very hard to make decisions when you are affecting families in a negative way," said county manager Bill Buchanan.

If you elect to retire early you will be offered either 5 years of health insurance or payment for 20 extra sick days. Those laid off will get 30 days extra pay and 2 months of health insurance.

County leaders will present the plan to commissioners at Wednesday's meeting. They will then vote on whether to approve it.

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