Eddy County Commission Freezes Wages, Hiring

Staff Report
The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - With revenue down, Eddy County Commissioners are taking steps aimed at balancing the county budget.

The commission unanimously agreed Tuesday to eliminate market salary adjustments county employees have become accustomed to, freeze salaries and temporarily freeze hiring.

In addition, county leaders said capital outlay requests from department heads will be looked at "strenuously and harshly."

County Manager Allen Sartin told the commission that the county's general fund revenue is down $3.5 million and steps must be taken to keep the county fiscally sound.

Commissioner Roxanne Lara said they can take this action without layoff off people.