Desert Hot Springs to cut city employees' salaries

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Updated: 12/20/2013 9:36 pm

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — The financially troubled city of Desert Hot Springs has decided to cut police and city employee salaries amid bankruptcy concerns.

The Desert Sun reports the City Council approved the cost-saving measure by unanimous vote Thursday. Starting Dec. 28, city salaries will be cut by more than 20 percent and there will be a reduction in paid holidays. The cuts amount to $2 million in annual savings.

Police union attorney Wendell Phillips claims the council's decision violates state employee laws. He said the union would file a complaint with the state's Public Employee Relations Board.

Desert Hot Springs is expected to collect revenues of nearly $14 million this fiscal year but spend $18 million, leaving a budget gap of more than $4 million to fill.

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