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Erie County cut its payroll permanently by 113 jobs under the recent early retirement incentive, County Executive Gorski announced Saturday.

Personnel costs are down by $3.6 million,and staffing is at its lowest level since 1967, he said.

"During our first eight years in office, we've reduced our work force by more than 1,200 positions," said Gorski.

Gorski called early retirement an effective way to shrink government without layoffs. He said 127 employees, 50 years or older, applied for the benefit during the late summer window of opportunity.

Erie County Medical Center had 35 buyouts, with 27 at Erie Community College and 20 in the Social Services Department.

"One of the hallmarks of our administration has been to operate smarter, smaller and more efficiently," he said. "Our latest early retirement program will allow us to continue on that track."

Retirees, all with 10 or more years on the job, received a month of retirement credit for each year of service for a maximum of 36 months.

Workers with 24 years in the system, for example, could retire with an extra two years credited to their pensions.

"The large number of people taking early retirement will be a big help to us when we put together the 1997 budget, enabling us to keep property taxes as low as possible," Gorski said.

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