Temporary hiring moratorium for the city of Rapid City

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The city of Rapid City has imposed a moratorium on employee hiring because of a drop in sale tax revenue; which will go into effect May 1.

The hiring delay will range from 30 to 90 days depending on the size of the city department.

The smaller the department is the shorter the moratorium.

Mayor Steve Allender, says he expected a savings of about $338,000 for the rest of the calendar year.

Allender says tax revenues were off about $180,000 last year from what was projected, and the first two months this year are down more than 2% from 2016.

"We will save money delaying the hiring but that will come with a cost of additional stress on the work force, perhaps decrease in productivity and maybe efficiency...and those things are counter to our overall mission. We want to be careful on how we use things at this nature. The idea is to keep us balanced, so that we don't have any surprises or any disasters in the upcoming year."

Allender clarified that the moratorium does not impact any current job opening that is posted before May 1.

The delay does not apply to police and fire operational programs.