St. Louis Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

City Budget Plan Includes 323 Job Cuts

St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis is looking to reduce its budget deficit by cutting jobs. A proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts in July would cut 323 positions.

That would mean a $13 million dollar savings in a budget currently $34 million out of balance.

Those workers left on the payroll would not get pay raises. A public hearing on the budget will be Wednesday morning at St. Louis City Hall.

The city's operating budget totals $415 million. The city's top fiscal panel, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, reviewed the budget cuts Tuesday. That Board is made up of the Mayor, Comptroller, and Board of Alderman President.

The city's budget director says about half of the positions to be eliminated are vacancies that would not be filled.