Lake Travis Area Town Cuts Jobs Due to Drought 9/16/12
September 16, 2012
JONESTOWN, Texas (AP) - The drought is claiming the jobs of the police chief and head librarian of the Lake Travis-area town of Jonestown.
The city council in the town of about 1,900 some 15 miles northwest of Austin has passed a budget for the next year that eliminates the jobs because fees from boat launches and building permits have plunged along with the water levels in the lake.
Cutting the jobs saves about $120,000 in its new budget of about $2.4 million. That's down 8 percent from current levels.
The Austin American-Statesman reports Saturday that the city administrator will assume duties as chief of the eight-person police department and librarian with no increase in his salary.
Officials say about two-thirds of their park and recreation department budget revenues are related to the lake.