Report shows council saved $888,000 on employee costs

EMPLOYEE costs are almost $900,000 under budget, as the Southern Downs Regional Council continues to shed staff.

The latest financial reports from the council shows it has saved $888,000 on staff costs in the past three months.

Manager of Finance James Ovenstone said the council's operating expenditure was $3.1 million under budget.

"This is because the number of staff in council has dropped and there's been no EB or back pay to staff," he said.

Councillors unanimously endorsed the reduction in staff costs, with Mayor Peter Blundell stating that staff cuts were ahead of the 10-year forecast.