Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Budget-cut proposal puts 38 positions on the chopping block

To offset a projected $5.7 million shortfall in the 2011-12 general fund, Hernando County officials are looking to trim 38 full-time equivalent positions, a move that will reduce the level of services provided to residents.

Eleven layoffs are expected; many of the positions up for elimination are vacant. Officials are proposing to shift some positions to other county funds or grants.

A departmental breakdown of the plan, subject to County Commission approval:

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Community relations

• Eliminate video assistant position or, as an alternative, reduce the position to 30 hours per week.

Human resources

• Eliminate vacant human resources secretary position.

Purchasing and contracts

• Eliminate vacant purchasing assistant position.

• Eliminate vacant programmer analyst position.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Health and Human Services

• Reduce one full-time position to part time.

• Shift portion of one full-time equivalent's hours to a grant.

• Reduce assistance with mental health programs and services, oversight and processing of indigent burial, Medicaid reimbursement and Health Care Responsibility Act programs.

Veteran services

• Eliminate one full-time position.

Cooperative Extension and the Little Rock Cannery

• Eliminate two full-time positions.

• Reduce one full-time position to part time.

Library system

• Eliminate three full-time positions.

• All part-time positions to be funded by state library grant.

• All full-time positions to be funded one-half by the county and one-half by the state library grant.

• Reductions of 18 percent in the collection and materials budget, 18.5 percent in the contracted services budget and 82.6 percent in the technology equipment budget.

FACILITIES

Maintenance and custodial

• Reduce full-time equivalent positions from 38.5 to 32.5.

LAND SERVICES

Planning Department

• Eliminate environmental planner and a half-time secretary.

• Adjust allocation of positions to various programs and alternative funding sources.

Recreation services

• Eliminate one recreation specialist.

Parks maintenance

• Eliminate three maintenance worker positions, one maintenance technician, the parks and recreation manager position and the parks and operations assistant position.

Waterways maintenance

• Shift funding from the general fund to the Transportation Trust Fund.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Hernando County Fire Rescue

• Eliminate one vacant fire marshal position, but approve an agreement with the building department for joint commercial fire plans review under the building department.

Animal services and code enforcement

• Eliminate one full-time kennel worker.

• Eliminate one half-time animal services supervisor and one half-time code enforcement supervisor.

• Eliminate an animal services transport vehicle.

• Eliminate county-funded cell phones for code officers.

Times staff

Budget-cut proposal puts 38 positions on the chopping block 05/14/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 14, 2011 10:54am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Observations from a liberal, gay, Latino, feminist Florida House freshman

    Blogs

    State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando,  rocked the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus dinner at Tallahassee's Hotel Duval Satursday night with his unabashedly liberal and passionate take on the myriad issues he said are key to LGBTQ Floridians. Among them: Access to guns, Reproductive rights, home …

    Carlos G. Smith
  2. Delta Sigma Theta honors outgoing national president

    Human Interest

    During her four years as national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Paulette Walker said she always focused on the comma between "Sorority" and "Inc."

    Paulette Walker, the former director of undergraduate programs and internship in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, will be honored on Saturday for her leadership in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
  3. 10 sailors missing, 5 hurt in collision of USS John S. McCain

    SEOUL —Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning.

    In this Jan. 22, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain patrols in the South China Sea while supporting security efforts in the region. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, Aug. 21, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca. Ten sailors were missing, and five were injured, the Navy said. [James Vazquez/U.S. Navy via AP]
  4. Pasco County Fire Rescue fighting a two-alarm fire started by an explosion

    Fire

    Two houses are on fire and one victim has been critically burned and taken to a trauma center following an explosion at a home at 8652 Velvet Dr, in Port Richey.

  5. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.