The layoffs will reduce that shortfall by about $650,000 in labor costs and also help contribute to the comprehensive reorganization and sustainability initiatives launched by city management last year, spokesperson Adam Mayberry said.
As part of these efforts, for example, a city planner is one of the positions eliminated. Its need has fallen away as new commercial, residential and business development has dried up, Mayberry said.
Wednesday’s layoffs are likely a sign of things to come.
“We can expect more … in the months ahead,” Mayberry said.
No city department, be it public safety or government administration, appears immune from the possibility.
The city has shrunk its workforce by about 30 percent since 2007.
Mayberry stressed that the “budget for the current fiscal year is on track,” and that the potential for more layoffs is a result of a better than 9 percent reduction in general fund spending needed to balance the budget for the next fiscal year.