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Lewiston cuts 9 jobs in cost-saving measure

LEWISTON, Idaho. - The city of Lewiston is eliminating nine full-time jobs to help plug a $1 million hole in the budget.

The Lewiston City Council voted 5-2 to begin trimming payroll Tuesday.

The decision means seven people will lose their jobs, including a division chief in the fire department. Another job is vacant and another, whose job is being eliminated, will be reassigned.

Leaders say more cuts may target some part-time, seasonal and limited employment positions in the Parks and Recreation Department.

City Manager John Krauss said the city can't keep counting on reserve funds to balance budgets during these lean economic times.

The city pulled nearly $1 million in reserves earlier this year to make ends meet.

The payroll cuts approved should save the city more than $850,000.

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