Fire fighter jobs maybe on the chopping block again in the city of Akron, Ohio.
Mayor Don Plusquellic released a statement last week indicating that the city would re-examine laying off police and fire fighters.
Akron still remains over fifty personnel short since 2009 even with 37 laid off personnel brought back through SAFER and the help of General President Schaitberger.
The mayor’s announcement came shortly after Gov. John Kasich released his budget proposal for the fiscal year. The governor’s budget will reduce the Local Government Fund to cities: 25 percent in 2012 and 50 percent the following year. The Local Government Fund is a financial commitment by the state of Ohio to the cities that has been around since the 1930s.
In Akron, Plusquellic says 100 percent of the Fund supports fire and police salaries. In his statement, the mayor said he has no choice but to look at the salaries because it is the biggest part of the city’s budget.
The proposed layoffs come just months after Akron fire fighters battled the mayor over budget cuts. General President Schaitberger visited Akron fire fighters to lend support and praise for over the way they stood up and fought to stay on the job.