SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — San Jose lawmakers have voted to keep indefinitely offsetting the pay cuts that city employees would otherwise take whey they are called up as military reservists.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously rejected the recommendation of a city audit to cap the amount of time workers could be on military leave and still have their salaries subsidized.

The city currently pays reservists the difference between their military pay and their local government salaries for as long as they are away from their city jobs.

The audit recommended restricting employees to a cumulative total of five year subsidized leave.

But Mayor Chuck Reed, an Air Force veteran, said supporting city workers while they are serving abroad is “a sacrifice we can make on behalf of the country,” the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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