CHEHALIS: City looks for more cuts to meet budget

Additional layoffs might still be necessary for the city of Chehalis despite giving layoff notices to five employees earlier this month.

Implementing mandatory furloughs for every city employee, postponing all city projects and holding off on the purchase of equipment and supplies have not been enough to avoid giving a property maintenance worker, an administrative assistant, a city planner, one firefighter position and one police officer position 60 days notice.

However, if things picked up some or all the workers could be rehired.

City Finance Manager Eva Lindgren said that although it has been a “mixed bag” with property taxes and one-time revenues coming in on target, a turnaround is unlikely.

In a letter to city employees earlier this month, City Manager Merlin MacReynold said he was “hopeful that further layoffs can be avoided, but as has been the case all along, there are no guarantees.”