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.
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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.
The Cahokia School Board will meet tonight to decide whether to lay off up to 70 teachers because of a budget deficit.
School officials have said that lower tax revenues and delayed state payments have left Cahokia's budget about $1 million in the red. Brent Murphy, president of the Cahokia Federation of Teachers, says he hopes that reducing instructors and other staff is not the only solution.