City employees face layoffs & reduced hours

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Layoffs and reduced hours are coming for Paintsville city employees on September 1st.

The mayor says there is no choice due to budget problems.

Paintsville City Codes Enforcer Bob Stewart is going from full-time to part-time. Starting Thursday, he will only work three days per week.

"Just a thing that happened. They're in a financial crunch," said Stewart.

Paintsville City Council finally adopted a budget for the fiscal year.

The budget with no new revenue means cutbacks. "We have cut expenses every place we can," said Mayor Bob Porter.

Stewart is not the only employee affected. Two street employees are laid off and hours are reduced to part-time for employees at City Hall and the Recreation Center.

The Recreaction Center will also be closed on Mondays.

One thing not on the chopping block is the ambulance service.

City leaders wanted to sell it but decided to keep it after ambulance officials told them they can make changes and make money.

The mayor says they will re-evaluate the ambulance service in a six months and see if they need to make any changes. "We're just trying to get by right now so we can see what the ambulance service is going to do," said Porter.

Meanwhile employees like Stewart are preparing for a smaller paycheck.

"So we'll just have to work through it," he said.

Leaders say they will go back to regular hours if the city gets more revenue.

The mayor says the pharmacy school opening next year is expected to bring in more revenue. If so, they will reduce the cutbacks.

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