- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A new operating budget approved by the Bernalillo County Commission includes some belt-tightening.

The spending plan approved unanimously Tuesday night would close a budget shortfall by a variety of measures.

Those include cutting employee travel, requiring some workers to take unpaid days off and reducing funding for some departments by 1 percent.

Employees not represented by a union would have to take six days off without pay. Employees making less than $35,000 a year are excluded.

The budget covers the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The county currently employs about 2,500 people.

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