City of Aspen lays off 12, cuts 4 jobs
ASPEN, Colorado – The city of Aspen has laid off 12 employees, and it is eliminating four other positions to cope with plunging tax revenue.
The cuts Thursday are expected to save $1.36 million.
The city previously cut $2.4 million in its 2009 general fund budget, which included eliminating or freezing 20 positions and laying off nine employees.
In February, the city froze employee salaries and eliminated or reduced some benefits and bonuses to save about $1.4 million. Salaries also are being frozen for 2010.
Through July, sales tax collections were down 18 percent from the same time last year, while lodging taxes were down 27 percent. Building and planning fees were down 46 percent through August compared with last year.
Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/