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Tampa to cut 30 jobs due to budget woes

TAMPA — With the city facing a $27.5 million shortfall in its 2011 budget, Mayor Pam Iorio unveiled a plan Tuesday to eliminate 30 jobs, including the director of the stormwater department.

The layoffs are part of a reorganization that hits more than a dozen management and supervisory positions.

The move, combined with an earlier decision to eliminate the Convention Center director's job and an executive aide's job, will save the city more than $3 million in personnel costs, Iorio said in a memo to the City Council.

Last year, a parks department reorganization added 13 people to the supervisory and managerial ranks while lower-level jobs were eliminated. Though the department's overall salary costs are down $1 million from 2009, the payroll for people in supervisory and management positions is up by $700,000.

No one in the parks department will be affected by this reorganization. Employees assigned to the jobs being eliminated will get 90 days' notice.

"It's tough," said City Council Chairman Tom Scott. "There used to be a time when you'd go to work for the government because they didn't do any layoffs. That is not the case any longer, given where we are in terms of the economy."

In a meeting with the City Council in February, Iorio said it was likely there would be significant layoffs this year.

At the time, she proposed privatizing operations of four city warehouses, which would save $3 million. Those warehouses employ about 24 people.

Another 10 to 15 jobs will be eliminated as the city consolidates its fiscal and accounting operations. That will save $1 million.

Under the reorganization announced Tuesday, the stormwater department will become a division of the public works department. As a result, the stormwater director's position, which paid $130,977 a year, is being eliminated.

Plans also call for moving the utility accounting division from the revenue and finance department to the water department. That eliminates the division manager and five supervisor jobs.

Also facing the ax: the reclaimed water manager, a job that pays more than $101,000 a year; the development services manager, a position that pays $119,933; and the purchasing inventory manager, which carries a $94,016 salary.

"We're losing some fine people," said council member John Dingfelder. "But during these tough times, you have to make tough decisions, and that's what the mayor's doing."

Janet Zink can be reached at jzink@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3401.

Tampa to cut 30 jobs due to budget woes 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 10:33pm]
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