Layoffs looming for City of Toledo workers

Reported by Rob Wiercinski email
Posted by Kate Oatis email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - More employees with the City of Toledo will soon be out of a job as city leaders continue to wrestle with an estimated $21 million budget shortfall.

Earlier this month, 75 Toledo police officers were laid off as part of the mayor's budget balancing plan. The new round will affect around 70 other employees paid through the general fund.

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner says it'll be Monday before he knows exactly how many city workers will be out of a job. However, other budget cuts are being made, including the closing of a service garage on Spielbusch.

"The layoffs are to begin Monday so... we're in the process of notifying those individuals," Finkbeiner said. "Our annual contribution to the planning commission will be downsized rather significantly, but we will still have staff representation there."

The mayor says administrators are working to minimize the impact on city services.

"Whether that's a house to be demolished or a call by an inspector into a given neighborhood will not be as swift or prompt as it may have been in the past."

One member of city council is urging the mayor to finalize the latest layoff plan as soon as possible.

"It's incumbent on the mayor to lay out a plan for each and every department affected by the layoffs so we can provide some level of service and communicate to our constituents as to what level of service they can expect," Lindsay Webb said.

As the mayor continues to pressure council for new revenue enhancement measures, Webb says the mayor first needs to iron out new union contracts.

"Things are not looking up and then I'm going to say to citizens, 'I want to raise your taxes and raise fees.' I don't want to do that until I know that we've gotten concessions we seek."