Layoff notices go out to City of Spokane employees next week



Posted on September 23, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 23 at 5:37 PM

SPOKANE -- Next week, the City of Spokane plans to notify more than 100 employees that they will soon be laid off.

Spokane Police and the Spokane Fire Department are the two largest departments in the city and draw from the dwindling general fund. Which means they'll suffer the most cuts.

The City of Spokane faces a $12 million shortfall in the 2011 budget.

Mayor Mary Verner will turn her final budget to the Spokane City Council within the next few weeks.

Pending no large financial changes in the city's budget, the City of Spokane plans to lay off 35 police officers and 10 staff members in the department.

From the Spokane Fire Department, 28 employees face layoffs. Thirteen employees from the Spokane Streets Department.

The remaining 30 layoffs will come in two's and three's from various city offices.

This is the first time in 5 years Spokane has had to lay off employees, but it may not be the last.

"We're not real optimistic for 2012, we're being very cautious in our budgeting," said city spokeswoman Marlene Feist.

The only thing that could save jobs is if Spokane can negotiate with unions to give up pay raises and cover a higher percentage of the cost of health insurance.