The tough economy has found its way to Statham. Mayor Robert Bridges said the city’s work force has had to cut back to 32 hours per week. The adjusted work schedule went into effect this week.
“Our revenues have slowed down quite a bit,” Bridges told the Barrow Journal prior to Tuesday night’s council meeting. “We hope this will only be for a short amount of time. We decided to go this route instead of layoffs.”
The reduction from 40 to 32 hours will not affect employees’ benefits, the mayor said.
Statham has 20 full-time employees, including a police department and workers for the city.
“We are a full-service city including police, water, sewer and garbage,” Bridges said. “We don’t expect any interruptions in any of these areas.”