Firefighter Jeff Ratermann (bkgd) and Mayor Francis Slay listen to a presentation about the city's budget during a meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. The Board delayed laying off 30 firefighters for another week.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)
Jeff Ratermann plays with his three kids before a meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. Ratermann could be among 30 firefighters laid off to help the city control overspending.
The "long and arduous" fight over the budget for the city's fire department will go on for another week.
The three-member Board of Estimate and Apportionment tabled the layoffs of 30 firefighters at the request of Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed. Reed, comptroller Darlene Green, and Mayor Francis Slay will make the ultimate decision about the layoffs.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced late last night that the city will lay off 30 firefighters. Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says the city will cut 24 more positions through attrition, bringing the cuts to nearly 10 percent of the departments 600 firefighters. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says the layoffs will not impact public safety.