Danville to consider separation incentive for city workers

DANVILLE — The Danville city council next month will consider a voluntary separation package for city employees as a cost-saving measure.

City Comptroller Gayle Lewis said the city will offer one year of health insurance to any employee who wants to leave voluntarily. She said a survey has been sent to city employees asking how many would be interested in that incentive.

The city offered a voluntary separation package to employees a few years ago, but Lewis said the city cannot afford any additional incentives, besides health insurance, as it has in the past.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the city can balance its budget without any voluntary separations, so some positions voluntarily vacated may be filled with new employees but some may not. But, he said if the state decides to cut funding to municipalities, as has been discussed at the state level, then the city's budget will no longer be balanced and personnel cuts will likely be needed. In that case, he said, more of the positions voluntarily vacated may go unfilled.

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