City of Tallahassee to cut 47 city positions

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 07:25:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The City of Tallahassee says that they will be eliminating 47 city positions as they work to balance the city's budget.

The city says that most of the layoffs will come from departments, including StarMetro, Utilities, Growth Management, and Administration and Professional Services.

However, the utility departments, including underground utilities, electric, and community beautification and solid waste, will take the heaviest cut, losing 33 full-time positions.

The city says that the cuts in these areas will save the city $3.6 million a year.

By using existing staff to take over outsourced responsibilities like heating and air conditioning, the city plans to save $1 million.

Pension sharing for city employees will also increase from 3.75 percent to 5 percent. 

All-in-all, the City says that the changes will balance the budget with $4.5 million in cost savings to the general fund with an additional savings of $3.34 million in enterprise funds.