Tampa to lay off more city workers today
TAMPA -- The city will announce another round of layoffs today, this time in its construction services division, which handles building permits and other related matters.
It was unclear this morning how workers would be laid off, though it's expected to be about 20 percent of the construction services staff.
"What it amounts to is a reorganization and it also responds to the market conditions in the construction industry," said the city's chief of staff, Darrell Smith.
Smith said all departments in the city are being asked to reorganize and find ways to do work more efficiently. The city also expects to lay off two or three people in its fire fleet maintenance staff, combining that staff with the main fleet maintenance department as a cost-cutting measure.
In June 2007, Mayor Pam Iorio laid off 121 full-time city employees and eliminated 133 part time and seasonal jobs and 115 other vacant posts to trim $15 million from the city's bottom line.
The layoffs came in response to the Florida Legislature's recent action to force local governments to cut property tax revenue.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer