The city is touting that the new budget includes NO LAYOFFS. But I spent several days going over the nearly 400 page budget book and found job losses.
Here’s a list of the positions that could be cut if the budget is approved.
Police: 19 civilian support positions
City Assessor: 5 positions
City Attorney: 1 assistant attorney
Community Development: 3 positions
Finance: 8 positions
Procurement Services: 2 jobs
Emergency Management: 2 positions including a public information offiicer
Library: four full time jobs/one part time
Still, the city says no layoffs. The mayor’s office says the cuts are strictly position eliminations and it will do everything it can to make sure no one “hits the street.” Anyone displaced will be re-assigned. I’m not sure if WWBT cut my position and then reassigned me to scroll the teleprompter I would like it… but maybe that’s just me. Then again in this economy… I probably wouldn’t complain.