Job reductions, furloughs for city workers a possibility

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 05:37 PM.

"This was a hard decision," Freeman said. "I didn’t want to pick on anybody, but we had to look at the economy. We had to look at the activities that were happening in that department. Some people don’t like this, I know. As a manager, you find that every department is the center of the universe that you can’t do without, but in reality when it comes to a business-type approach, there are those core services.

"What this budget does is it does lose some services with a couple of people here, but yet we are able to continue exactly the type of service that the customers have been used to. And it’s hard doing that."

Stuart said cutting positions may do more harm in that workload would increase for other employees, leading to overtime and more expense from the budget.

"I know there are people out there thinking, ‘Look old man. You’re going to drive the overtime slam through the ceiling’ but that’s part of it," he said. "What I’ve suggested doesn’t necessarily have to be, but it’s to get everybody thinking."

Commissioners also balked at a proposed increase in trash pickup from $13.95 per month to $16.77 per month, saying they would not want to see a monthly bill higher than $14.50.

In an attempt to cut expenses, commissioners called for the elimination of $5,000 for the Havelock Appearance Commission, $20,000 for the minimum housing program in the planning department, $10,000 for upgrades to an animal control truck, $12,000 for upgrades to a city ambulance, $14,467 for recreation complex bleachers and $75,000 for clearing of drainage.

Commissioners also reduced a $10,000 request for new computers at the Havelock Library to $4,000.



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