Maine Turnpike board to vote on cutting 24 positions to save $1.25m/year
By Peter Samuel
The Maine Turnpike Authority board of directors will vote tomorrow, Thursday (06-21) on a plan by executive director Peter Mills to eliminate a net 20 positions and save some $1.25m a year.
24 present positions would be eliminated but 13 of those will be consolidated into 4 new positions, for the net reduction of 20.
The staff roster will be 288 versus 308 full-time positions now.
Before electronic tolling back in 1997 over 800 were employed.
Mills is quoted in a statement today as saying that the staff cuts are unrelated to the toll increases being proposed: "We would have taken this action anyway, because it needs to be done."
The Turnpike says a bond refinancing in February has saved $13.6m in debt service payments and a saving next financial year of $4.3m.