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Juneau lays off staff to meet $6M budget deficit

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new fiscal year means layoffs for Juneau, where the combined city and borough was dealing with a $6 million deficit.

Juneau has cut the equivalent of 12 fulltime employees as of Tuesday. KTOO reports (http://is.gd/jNXyd8) other employees have had their hours cut, and it could translate to reduced services for residents.

Among other cuts to meet the budget will be reduced hours at the downtown library and the city museum, the elimination of the city's bear awareness program and slower snow plowing in the winter.

Officials also cut the adult basketball league, affecting about 400 people.

And this is likely only a start since Juneau is already looking at a $9 million budget deficit for next year.


Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org

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