Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout July on the Grounds Maintenance Web site,

Given the economic sluggishness, what's the No. 1 step you've taken to reduce expenses? Delay/eliminate equipment purchases 28%
Reduce on-hand stocks of chemicals/fertilizers 5%
Cut back on pay raises/benefits 7%
Cut back number of employees 28%
Other 7%
None/have not needed to reduce expenses 25%

Look for this new reader poll question at

What hourly wage do you pay an entry level crew member?

A. Minimum wage

B. $6 to $7

C. $7 to $8

D. $8 to $9

E. $9 to $10

F. More than $10/hour

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