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NHC layoffs made, county saves $1.5 million

Twenty-seven New Hanover employees were let go Tuesday. Manager Bruce Shell met with the heads of county departments to discuss the layoffs this morning. The layoffs are part of a larger effort to make up the county's $12 million budget deficit. The total salaries of the affected employees is more than $1.5 million dollars. We had expected to hear more details regarding who was laid off today, and from what departments, but Shell wanted to protect the employees. The county has already frozen 45 positions, cut travel expenses, and won't replace 42 employees who opted for early retirement.

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We can't all work for the county

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are you trying to tell me that there are 27 people on the county payroll, making an average $55,555.55 that when push comes to shove aint really needed.

Pay Rate f

I was making less than 30,000 not 55,ooo.

county salaries

Most places add 30% on to your annual salary for benefits such as health care, 401K and vacation when calculating your cost to them. I don't know for sure, but I would imagine the county's numbers include those benefits as well. It's not just annual salary.

bruce shell

Remember this tool is the same one that couldnt calculate the give away of the law enforcment center, AND he is the same one that added wrong last year shorting the budget a couple of million. The county should save some money by letting him go.

County budget base on property tax only

County budget should be base on property tax only.I pay more property tax each year so why is the county having this problem? If the county wants to factor in sales tax and fees for permits then only allow 50% of those estimated amounts. I still buying the same amount of food, durable goods and only slightly less gasoline.