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The Jamestown City Council is considering a hiring freeze in city government until the end of the year, as it grapples with a very tight budget for 1998.

Finance Committee Chairman Andrew Johnson called the freeze the responsible thing to do, in the wake of Mayor Richard Kimball's projected 12.9 percent tax hike.

"It's only fair that if we are looking to hire employees, that they expect some stability in their job. There are some vacancies that will come up in the very near future, and if we decide to eliminate those positions and someone has been hired to fill them, then it is not good for morale," Johnson said.

"Eliminating positions is a possibility. When you are faced with a budget like this, you've got to make some tough choices," he added.

The Finance Committee is considering some changes in revenue projections. Johnson said investment interest income is rising, and the panel will also review the fees for parking lots and ramps, and for use of the Allen Park Ice Rink.

On the spending side, Johnson said workers compensation costs are too high. The city missed a July 1 deadline to get out of the county's insurance program, but Johnson said it should consider other options before next year.

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