Hales Corners - Citing "staff shortages and budget constraints," the village on Tuesday started closing the main office early two days per week.
Until probably Labor Day, the office will close at 1:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays - 3 1/2 hours early on both days, Village Administrator Michael Weber said.
The village's main office is down to three employees from five, as one position has been left unfilled and one employee is on medical leave, Weber said.
The village will save money by not hiring temporary help to cover the office for those seven hours per week, he said.
Weber said the move was prompted by a reduction in revenue, primarily from diminished earnings on interest. He said the village's 2010 budget anticipated a stronger economic recovery and that interest rates have continued to slide.
Weber said furloughs, which the village has not yet used, are a possibility.
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