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Greenville aiming to save $1M

Dexter McLendon addressed the Greenville Lions Club and the Camellia City Civitan Club on Monday to address new city goals. (Advocate Staff/April Gregory)

Officials with the City of Greenville are aiming to increase the city’s cash reserve.

On Monday Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon addressed both the Greenville Lions Club and the Camellia City Civitan Club, sharing the city’s plan to save $1 million during the course of the next four years by combining departments and not filling positions vacated by resignations or retirements.

“I have a goal within the next four years to save $1 million on the employee side,” McLendon said. “That’s pretty strong, and that’s really aggressive, but I believe we can do it.”

To help save that money, McLendon said the city would also explore working with more private enterprises.

“The key is tightening your belt,” McLendon said. “We’ve done that. We’re going to continue to do that, because I don’t believe that in the next few years we’re going to come out of this (economy). By doing that, you have to have less government, and you have to have less people, and you have to expect those people to do more. That’s the only way you can get by.”