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Millington Board of Aldermen decide not to cut dozens of jobs

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – More than a dozen city jobs were at stake in Millington due to a lack of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Millington firefighters and police showed up at city hall ready to hear from aldermen there would be layoffs. The city of 12,000 has big money problems.

There was an overflowing crowd at Millington City Hall, with residents and employees sitting and firefighters and police officers lining the walls - waiting to find out if aldermen would recommend layoffs in the cash-strapped city.

"It is a sigh of relief for our firefighters," said Gary Graves, Millington Fire Department Chief. "At least all the city personnel know that there's not going to be layoffs."

The board decided layoffs would be too painful, and they just can't do it.

"We certainly don't want to lose any of our loyal employees, especially the first responders," Alderman Thomas McGhee said. "You can tell people are very passionate and they have grown to be comfortable with the level of service we have. They need a lot more officers. They definitely don't need to lay any of them off out the fire department."

Millington still has dire money problems with an almost $400,000 budget shortfall. Talk of taking back the three and five percent raises recently given employees was mentioned and aldermen seemed to consider that might be a possibility along with other cutbacks.

"The city has consumed half of a million dollars a year for the last six years," said Thomas Christie, Millington City Administrator. "Every year of their reserves. It won't take too long before you run out of reserves."

It doesn't appear there will be layoffs in Millington. But managers will be looking for other ways to make cuts. 

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