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Wake County to cut jobs to close budget gap

Wake County officials said Monday that they would eliminate 24 full-time positions because revenue is expected to be $17.9 million less that previous projections for fiscal 2009-10, which ends in June.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Wake County officials said Monday that they would eliminate 24 full-time positions because revenue is expected to be $17.9 million less that previous projections for fiscal 2009-10, which ends in June.

County Manager David Cooke said funding for the Human Services Department was cut by $10.5 million to offset lower revenue from state and federal sources. Two percent cuts in other departments helped close the rest of the deficit, he said.

Many of the 24 positions were vacant, and employees who lost their jobs have been offered positions in other departments, Cooke said.

The projected deficit for 2010-11 could reach $22 million, officials have said.

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