In a sign of just how tough times are for the city, the mayor's budget cuts total 215 positions, most of those currently unfilled, but 27 people will now be looking for work. What departments are they coming from?"They're scattered throughout several departments, and depending on their seniority, they have bumping rights," said Mayor Bartlett.
Meaning, it'll be a while be we truly know who gets pink slips. As for police and fire, no new academies next year, but, no layoffs either."I was very pleased though to see that no sworn police officers or firefighters are contemplated as being laid off, and to me that was one of the more important objectives in any budget that we would vote on," said Councilor GT Bynum.
The mayor also announced he'd like the public to vote on reallocating an expiring sales tax to help fund public safety and ease the burden on the rest of the budget."There are many cities in our country that are in very very dire financial straits right now because they allowed their public safety departments to eat up so much of their general fund that they essentially have become insolvent," said Mayor Bartlett."It's a lot worse than I thought," said Councilor Jack Henderson.
A bevy of cutbacks and belt tightening now in the laps of the city council."It's in our hands now the mayor delivered it to us so it's gonna be our jobs to try to do the least amount of cutting possible to see how many jobs we can actually save and still provide services for the citizens," he said.