Virginia

Virginia Beach to implement hiring freeze

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach officials plan an immediate hiring freeze due to a potential $33 million shortfall in next year’s budget.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1FHKYqw) reports City Manager Jim Spore notified officials of the budget issues last week. He says the hiring freeze will begin next week in the hopes of saving $300,000 to $800,000 per month.

Deputy City Manager Dave Hansen says no layoffs are planned, although some workers could be shifted to other city jobs if their positions are phased out.

Hansen says revenues are growing at a rate of less than 2 percent annually. That’s about half of what’s needed to balance the budget.

Virginia Beach has an operating budget of $1.87 billion.

The last time a hiring freeze was implemented in Virginia Beach occurred in 2008.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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