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Vilas County Won't Lay Off 11 WorkersSubmitted: 12/03/2012
Story By Matt Doyle

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EAGLE RIVER - Pink slips were nearly printed.

But Vilas County can save the paper since 11 workers won't lose their jobs now.

The county amended it's 2013 budget by putting back 11 jobs that were set to be eliminated.

County board Chairman Steve Favorite says the county will fill the budget gap left from keeping these jobs by tapping into the general fund.

Now these positions will be back and Favorite hopes people will take advantage of the voluntary reduction option.

"Now I think we've bought some more time, whether it's another year or two years," Favorite said.

"If we end up reducing 11 people over two years, is that not what we just did two years ago and hardly nobody knows about that."

Favorite also points out 11 people left on their own terms in the last two yers and the county still provides services.

Jobs in zoning, highway, UW-Extension, maintenance, and some other departments were set to go.

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