Fairbanks borough eyes jobs cuts

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About a dozen Fairbanks North Star Borough jobs could be cut due to budget reductions, according to the borough's personnel director.

Sallie Stuvek sent an e-mail message to borough employees last week that said Mayor Rhonda Boyles is considering cutting two halftime library positions, an animal control officer, a part-time lifeguard and a public works project manager.

An assessing clerk position could be cut and a switchboard operator's hours reduced. Also targeted are a receptionist-typist position, office manager and the Department of Parks and Recreation therapeutic program coordinator.

Many of the positions on the list are vacant or will be vacant before layoffs are made, Stuvek said.

Boyles has said she is looking at job cuts to help balance the borough budget. She will present a roughly $100 million spending plan to assembly members April 3.

Rick Solie, assembly presiding officer, said assembly members could cut more.

''Twelve positions out of 330. What's that as a percentage? Three? A 3 percent reduction does not seem unreasonable given the fiscal climate we are in,'' Solie said.

''I appreciate the challenges that the mayor has in balancing her budget. I believe that the proposed reductions in mostly empty positions will not hurt the level of service to borough citizens.''

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