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Youngstown needs large budget cuts next year to avoid layoffs

Published: Wed, November 19, 2008 @ 9:18 p.m.


Youngstown finance director David Bozanich

YOUNGSTOWN —The city needs to cut at least $2 million to $3 million from its 2009 budget to avoid layoffs, its finance director said.

“The storm is on the horizon,” said Finance Director David Bozanich. “We need to weather 2009 by being creative and responsible. It will be a difficult period.”

Also, 2010 is going to be a “tough year” financially for the city, he added.

“It’s scary out there,” Bozanich said of the economy nationwide.

This year hasn’t be easy either, Bozanich said.

The city started 2008 with the expectation that its general fund would have a deficit of more than $3 million by the end of the year and about $6 million by Dec. 31, 2009, if cuts weren’t made and revenue not found.

Between a firefighter buyout program, keeping some jobs vacant and replacing others with employees at a lower salary, as well as the sale and lease of its assets, the city reduced its costs.

The city’s general fund will end the year with “a slight operating surplus, and I mean slight,” Bozanich said.

The “slight surplus” is in the $100,000 range, he said. That’s a far cry from the $2.3 million surplus the general fund had at the end of 2005.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Economic reality is coming folks to the government entities near you! Warren is already experiencing it and now Youngstown. Time for the public workers to provide concessions just like the private sector!

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2YoungstownMom(46 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

That will never happen. I have a friend who worked for the Parks Department and they pay a person $11 to count the money from the swimming pools during the summer. They have 4 people in that little office. The secretary used to leave without notice and go on personal trips, but still got paid. I think they need to evaluate all the jobs and then start trimming from there. That is an office in the private sector that would normally be run by 2 people max not 4 full time people.

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3YoungstownMom(46 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

I think before he starts with the safety forces, lord knows Youngstown needs them, Mayor Williams needs to layoff all the "extra" employees they have in all aspects of the offices. I would start with the water company. If you have no bill, you have to go to 1 window to print the bill, 1 window to show how much you are paying, and then the final window to pay the bill. Really. There is so much waste in Youngstown, they need to clean that up first.

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4NoBS(2240 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Grump - are you for real? "Worthless and useless safety forces"?!?! How's your blood pressure? Did you have a stroke or something?

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5blkpride(186 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Grump is just old, drunk and bitter. He always wanted to be a cop or firefight but was too stupid and lazy to pass any of the requirements. Plus, I think his wife or husband left him and he doesn't get any.

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6DRDAVE1965(80 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago


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7saysithowitiz(98 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

I must have missed the report on "driving drunk-while -on-duty" statistics. And I can't forget the "safety forces that leave their midnight shift assignments early" statistics. Seems like we are wasting money having people compile these pointless results.

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8dmets(575 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Grump: You need to realize that Youngstown does need their firefighters and police officers. Everywhere you go their are bad apples, so they do need to get rid of them. But I know many, many firefighters and they are a good groups of people who risk their lives everyday for grateful and ungreatful people. But they still do it. So if you are only speaking of the police departmant, please refer to them. Saftey forces, is too broad.

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9a_non_e_mouse(15 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Actually you need to move near mahoning ave and belle vista there are almost always atleast two cruisers sitting there firting with the clerks. Sat there at the light one day and watched a group of kids vandalize a car at the sparkle accross the street while they stood in the parking lot talking to the clerks

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