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Georgetown trimming expenses to avoid layoffs

The city of Georgetown is struggling through the economic slowdown, said Interim City Administrator Miles Hadley.

The city isn't filling open jobs and has cut all capital expenses, he said.

"Unless it's a job we can't do without, we're holding open positions. We have also cut back in the travel and we have stopped any overtime, except for emergency overtime. We are trying to do as much as we can, and holding off capital expenditures, unless we have a real problem and have to have them," Hadley said.

Hadley said the number of business permits and business license requests are down.

Officials expect to know how hard the city will be hurt as residents pay their property taxes during the first quarter.

"Our business licenses are down compared to last year and our permits are down," he said. "We don't anticipate getting the amount of revenue that we budgeted."

The city will consider going to once-a-week garbage collection, Hadley said.

With these cost-cutting measures, Hadley said he does not anticipate layoffs within the city staff.

"In my opinion, since we do have our reserves in place, we can spend a little bit of that, rather than lay people off. We can weather the thing and keep them on board until the economy improves."