Eugene utility to cut 50 jobs, layoffs possible

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Eugene Water & Electric Board plans to cut about 50 jobs.

General Manager Roy Gray has told the agency's 567 employees that the cuts will involve buyouts or layoffs. He also says on-site nursing care will be scaled back, along with the purchase of clothes displaying the company logo.

The Register Guard (http://bit.ly/JMi4SU ) obtained Gray's email to the staff. He says the cuts are needed because water sales are low, expenses are rising and customers are upset over rate increases.

He also says electric rates will need to rise by at least 2 to 4 percent next year despite the cost-cutting efforts.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com