"Plan B" to balance the budget would result in severe cuts to parks and public safety
The City of Toledo today issued 137.5 layoff notices in an effort to present a balanced budget come March 31st. The layoff measures would be in addition to other cuts and revenue enhancements that have been proposed for council approval, but not yet acted upon. The personnel cuts so far would result in the elimination of 125 police officers and 32.5 other non-essential general fund positions - some of which are currently vacant. Other notices are pending.
The Mayor will be available at 3 p.m. today on the 22nd floor of Government Center to discuss the layoffs.
Employees received notices today that due to the budget crisis their positions would be eliminated due to a lack of funding. The layoffs are effective April 15, 2010.
While Mayor Bell has sought to prevent layoffs due to the impact they will have on public safety, response time and service delivery, the cuts become unavoidable as the clock counts down to the March 31st deadline when the city is required to pass a balanced budget. The Mayor has proposed approximately $28 million in other initiatives that would balance the remaining deficit without layoffs, but the impending deadline requires "Plan B" to be set in action while council continues to deliberate on those proposals.
The City of Toledo's budget deficit was $48 million at the close of fiscal year 2009. The Bell administration is working to implement nearly $23 million in spending reductions and revenue enhancements through administrative changes. The remaining $25 million gap must be closed before March 31st. The Mayor has submitted several legislative proposals to City Council including exigency to alter union contracts, elimination of the 100% tax credit; an admission tax for sports and cultural events, and a $15 refuse fee. Those proposals total approximately $28 million.
Complete lists of those employees affected by the layoffs are attached to this release.