MONROE (WTOL) - The City of Monroe is laying off eight firefighters, closing a fire station and privatizing ambulance service.
It's all to fill a $1.1 million hole in the city's budget. Monroe City Council approved the cuts Monday night, April 20.
The public picketed before the meeting and made pleas to council for nearly two hours. Some asked leaders to postpone the vote.
Firefighters are in negotiations and hope to reach a deal to save those jobs.