Facing a deficit of $ 11 million, Everett offers purchases to 300 workers

Everett's Skyline (Photo of the City of Everett)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) – The city of Everett is offering purchases to more than 300 workers to help deal with an $ 11 million budget gap.

The Daily Herald reports that payroll is one of the largest expenses in the city. Everett employs about 1,200 people.

Mayor Cbadie Franklin says the staff members themselves suggested purchases. The City Council approved the plan last month.

Part-time and full-time employees who have been in the city for at least 10 years and are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are eligible. The union that represents more than 400 workers in the city.

Those who accept must leave at the end of March.

The mayor's office says that the purchases will allow the city to reorganize the departments to make them more efficient.

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