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Las Vegas City Budget Calls for Job Eliminations

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LAS VEGAS -- At least 171 City of Las Vegas employees are facing the possibility of losing their jobs.

Mayor Oscar Goodman, along with the city manager, laid out a grim budget plan for the 12-month period that begins on July 1, 2010.

If city employees and their unions don't agree to 8-percent cuts, the layoffs would go forward. Right now, the Las Vegas Fire Department has not agreed to the cuts.

The people who would lose their jobs are being notified Thursday. It's based on the length of time they have worked with the city.

"I want to look you all in the eyes and say that's not something we want to do. We would much prefer that everybody be a little bit caring about their fellow workers and if they all did what we are proposing after all the cuts we've already made, take an 8-percent reduction in salary, then nobody is going to lose their jobs," said Mayor Goodman.

Fourty-four other jobs that are vacant will not be filled.

If approved by the City Council, the budget plan would save $70 million.

The Parks and Recreation Department would lose 50 positions. Only two are vacant right now. The fire department would lose 25 vacant positions.

The city council is hoping to have a budget approved by March 10, 2010.

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