Mill layoffs may prompt changes to Lincoln budget


(NEWS CENTER) --- It came as troubling news for the town of Lincoln months ago when more than 200 workers at 'Lincoln Paper & Tissue' lost their jobs due to company downsizing. Now with the possibility of getting less money in tax revenue, town officials say they may have to make some cuts as they prepare their next budget.

The mill is a major taxpayer for Lincoln and contributes about 15 percent to the town's tax base. Town manager Bill Lawrence says the cuts may involve eliminating about five positions with the town. Officials say some of those jobs are currently vacant.

Specifically Lincoln is considering eliminating one unfilled job at the town's police department along with two part time jobs at the town library, one position in the town office and two jobs with the Lincoln fire department.

Town manager Bill Lawrence says these steps aren't being taken because the mill is expected to loss any substantial tax value but because the town may take a hit in property taxes with more than 200 people out of work.

In all Lawrence says the proposed cuts total about $378,000, which makes up about nine percent of the overall budget.

Town leaders will make a final decision on what to do in a few months.


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