Southern Nevada Health District Planning Layoffs

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Southern Nevada Health District plans to cut its workforce by 10 percent in an effort to save some $5 million.

The district's board voted Thursday to eliminate 50 to 60 jobs from a workforce of about 515 people. It's unclear exactly which positions will be eliminated, although Chief Health Officer Joe Iser says most layoffs will come from the nursing and administration departments.

Iser says the agency suffered as property taxes declined and has been living with a budget shortfall for years.

He says he plans to eliminate the deficit over the next three years, but warns that will also mean reductions in service, such as fewer immunization clinics.

The agency has already whittled down some of a projected $10.5 million deficit by eliminating vacant positions and reducing travel.

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