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Creative cost cutting to save money for Ogden City

Creative cost cutting to save money for Ogden City



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OGDEN -- Window washing is out for the next year; newspaper subscriptions and staff cell phones have been reduced; and many positions are being left unfilled. Ogden management services director Mark Johnson says all in all, the city saving $2.2 million dollars in the general fund budget.

"That's a lot, but it's probably comparable to other cities in the state," he said.

Johnson says they will also not be upgrading computers or furniture.

"We kind of wanted to send a message to employees that these are tough times and we need to be cutting back," he said.

Johnson hopes this will last only a year. He says things like road maintenance cannot be put off forever. He also hopes grants will fill 10 of their open police officer positions by September.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

Mary Richards

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