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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 11:54am]

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