Georgetown Mayor Implements Furloughs, Terminations

It's another sign of how folk's in Central Kentucky are suffering from the failling economy, the mayor of Georgetown is announcing more layoffs.

Mayor Karen Tingle-Sames has confirmed that she officially implemented the furloughs and terminations to 12 city employees on Friday.

The mayor proposed the terminations two weeks ago to help fill a more than 2 million dollar budget deficit this fiscal year.

Eight of people were laid off in the fire, bulding inspection, and police departments. The position cut in the police department was not an officer. Another four positions in other areas were also terminated.

"It's not what the council wanted to do, and it's not what I wanted to do," said Mayor Tingle-Sames.

"But we all understand, at this time, we don't have any other choice."

The mayor tells 27 NEWSFIRST the city is riding it's slimmest budget in recent memory.

"It's bad, possibly the worst for us here in Georgetown for as long as I can remember," said Mayor Tingle-Sames.

Now, the city is preparing for an even smaller budget next year, however, the mayor says they can't afford to cut more positions.

"We are riding a thin line, if we lay-off any more employees our services might be affected and we can't let that happen," Mayor Tingle-Sames said.

On Monday, the council will go over the options to generate revenue for the city budget. One of the options includes raising taxes.

Because of a 'Safer Grant' from the federal government, if the city can find the money to bring back some of the laid-off employee's, those in the emergency services would be brought back first.

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  • by Mandy Location: Central Kentucky on Jul 18, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    I am from here and the fire fighters make more than the police officers, oh and they didnt lay any police officers off bc they are already 15 short than what they are supposed to have for the city. Some police officers have already left, and I hear atleast 4 more are about to. The police officers and the fire fighters as well as the rest of the city employees have been so screwed over by the Mayor btw she is a republican, not a dem). She has a secretary that has been there for 2 years making about 50 grand a year. There are police officers and fire fighters that have worked at the city for atleast 10 years not making even close to that. All city employees were told they no longer get holiday pay, their insurance sucks and is exspensive. The life insurance is sickening oh and short term disability was taken away. Recently the city lost a lawsuit bc they accused a police officer wrongly of looking at porn while on the job. He was found not guilty and was awarded 600,000.
  • by william Location: georgetown on Feb 25, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    He lied, it was not a police officer layed off. it was a parking enforcement officer. He stated a cop only to scare folks about how bad things are so he can raise taxes.
  • by rocky mountain Location: lexington on Feb 25, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    Sounds like to me noboby likes the mayor in Scott Co. Remember when its time to vote.
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Feb 24, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    It is a common tactic among politicians to lay-off or cut popular jobs or programs to generate sympathy to raise taxes. They aren't going to show you expense accounts or car leases they could do without. They are going to show you something emotional. For example, when the schools want more money they take you to schools and show you children who will do without free lunch programs. They would never show you the multi million dollar gymnasium they just financed. The image of starving children or laid off hero's generate more sympathy.
  • by y Location: g-twn on Feb 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    Maybe we can get someone with some gall to run for mayor the next time.. Hold on maybe we cant either!!!
  • by stacy Location: georgetown ky on Feb 24, 2009 at 02:51 AM
    hey guys what is with you guys saying to leave your trash cans out for a week and no one comes and picks it up what do you guys think? post your take for me.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    so what I'm hearing is that she may not be re-elected?
  • by Sick of it all Location: Georgetown on Feb 23, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    The SAFER grant from FEMA was obtained to pay for 9 firefighter salaries-period. She's toyed with returning this grant, with the knowledge that the funds already used would have to be repaid. YOU DON'T return federal grants-your city is then moved to the very bottom of the grant cycles. Where did that money go, when the fire department has already lost several of those firefighters that this grant was to cover? No, I am not a firefighter, nor do I work in city government, so my comments here are just for the sake of passing information that has yet to be truly clarified by anyone-the mayor, the council, the media have yet to delve deeper into this total mismanagement of funds. We've a city atty. ONE day a week, he's paid for his time, travel, expenses, phone calls, and I'm sure is on a retainer-he's from Lex. We've atty. here that could well handle the job, but the mayor's lack of trust in anyone local is appalling. No communication, no response, no clarification, no nothing. Wrong!!
  • by Matt Location: Georgetown on Feb 23, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    As mayor the first thing I'd would be to to take a 20% pay cut and would request that City Council would do that also. Before either terminating or laying off workers.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 23, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    stacy - once you get out of school and join the workforce, you will understand. Other than that, it's hard to explain, but a necessary evil nonetheless. Trust me, I know from experience...


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