One day after the Jacksonville City Council finalized the 2012 budget more than 30 city workers were laid off.
The salaries of people cut ranged from less than $25,000 to more than $120,000.
About 30 civil-service workers were let go, and with all of the directors included more than 50 positions were left vacant. It’s not clear if some of those positions will be filled in the future or if they’ll be left empty.
The savings from the layoffs is expected to be more than $1 million.
The director of central operations, public works, and recreation and community services, they’re all gone. Joining the list of other directors who are now gone, the director of planning and development, military affairs, housing and neighborhoods and environmental compliance.
The city’s budget director, he was given the pink slip.
As for the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, that’s gone too. JEDC is getting no funding this year and the work they’ve been doing will be spread out to other departments.
Mayor Alvin Brown did not comment on these cuts specifically, but he did say they were coming. In a few weeks the mayor plans to start reorganization and more cuts could be coming. He says his focus is going to be on reform.