SLASH AND BURN: Detroit Budget: Mayor Dave Bing's Plan Cuts 2,500 Jobs, $250 Million
The city of Detroit is set to lose a quarter of its personnel under the latest budget proposal from Mayor Dave Bing's office. The massive layoffs are part of an overall austerity plan to balance a general fund budget that will be reduced by 10 percent for the next fiscal year.
"We have to improve the process to become more efficient," Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis said last week. Efficiency, Lewis said, includes dramatically reducing the city's 10,000-plus-person workforce. "We will be able to eliminate the need for as many people to do things. ... Once you fix some of those things, you'll be able to say, 'I have more people than I need.'"
At the beginning of Detroit's deliberations over how to fix its finances last fall, some City Council members called for 2,300 layoffs. But the Bing administration insisted only 1,000 were needed.
Chief Operating Officer Chris Brown said Monday that about 800 of those 1,000 layoffs have gone into effect.