Council stands up to Iorio on layoffs
Tampa mayors are used to getting their way, so Thursday's move to block planned layoffs is notable.
Mayor Pam Iorio wanted to lay off 27 janitorial workers and hire a company to do the work. But in a rare moment of defiance, the council said no in a 6-1 vote.
The council also complained that the mayor was ready to lay off all those employees even as she insisted that the city will keep spending $30,000 a year on bottled water.