Eugene water and electric board considers layoffs

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Eugene Water & Electric Board is considering layoffs among the cost-cutting measures to fill a $1.2 million projected shortfall in its 2012 budget

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/IXLGmd ) the utility anticipates a much bigger gap in 2013.

Spokesman Lance Robertson says the utility would first leave 10-15 positions unfilled, and is considering buyouts for employees nearing retirement.

Robertson says plans for layoffs and the number needed to fill the budget gap aren't yet known.

The utility's executive management team plans to meet in the next three weeks to finalize a plan.