Job cuts are necessary to meet financial hurdles: Auburn Manager says

Job cuts are necessary to meet financial hurdles: Auburn Manager says

Jobs cuts in Auburn’s various key departments are indispensable to meet financial hurdles heading into the next financial year, City Manager Howard Kroll said.

The list of positions being proposed to be cut in the city’s budget under review includes fire chief, fire planner as well as public services planner. A custodian job and a city electrician position are also facing axe along with at least three vacant spots.

Mr. Kroll explained that the position of Auburn’s fire chief was slashed because the city has decided to bring the fire and police departments under one umbrella by creating one public safety department.

In the past, the budget had projected Auburn would be generating more money in non-property taxes than it actually did.

Speaking on the topic, he said, “Someone didn’t catch that. I think it was 2011-2012. It’s finally started to catch up with us where our auditor for the first time this year said, ‘Hey, you need to start addressing this.’”

Mr. Kroll stressed that he has just two years to fix the budget and more cuts would come next year. City Mayor Jonathan LaBonte said Mr. Kroll made recommendations for what he wanted to achieve for the city, and it was now their job to vet each of those recommendations.

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