East Point Furloughs

East POINT, Ga. (AP) _ The city of East Point plans staggered furloughs of city employees as part of a plan to save money.

City Manager Crandall Jones issued a news release saying furloughs will begin July 4.

Mayor Joseph Macon says all city employees will take unpaid leave throughout the next year. That includes firefighters, police officers, City Council members and the mayor himself. It's expected the time will be taken as one day off each two-week pay period.

The days off will be staggered so that city offices will remain open as usual.

The mayor also says layoffs are part of the plan to get the south Fulton County city's finances in order. Macon says officials haven't determined which jobs might be eliminated.

East Point has 40,000 residents and about 600 employees.