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Budget reports bring more bad news for Pinellas County



The Pinellas County Commission's second day this week of budget cut reports continues to repeat grim examples of how service has fallen after cuts to this year's budget.

In utilities, 14 to 22 percent of calls for utility help are abandoned after delays blamed on retraining. The parks cuts were deep enough to attract public offers to volunteer. "The flip side of that is it exceeds our abiltiy to manage and supervise those volunteers," director Paul Cozzie said Thursday.

Plus there's more mistakes and worse morale, though people are learning to work together better, officials said.

"Things just sort of fall through the cracks," community development director Anthony Jones said.

The reports are supposed to give the commissioners an idea of this year's effects as they decide cuts for 2011. Layoffs, County Administrator Bob LaSala said, are inevitable. But already, examples are leaking out. A memo to Business and Technology Services employees last week suggests a 15 percent cut would mean 46 jobs will be cut out of 166. Workers will be asked to fill out a standardized resume template for interviews for jobs.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:34pm]


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