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Spring Lake employees asked to take unpaid leave

Mayor Ethel Clark said that six days of unpaid leave for all 82 employees can save the town about $78,000.

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Spring Lake employees will get six days of free time as a budget-cutting move.

Mayor Ethel Clark said that six days of unpaid leave for all 82 employees can save the town about $78,000. The town's board of aldermen will meet Monday night to vote on the budget.

Clark said she hopes the move will keep the town's expenses in check so that actual layoffs are not necessary.

Employees will be able to take their time off half a day at a time over the next six months.

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