Dallas City Manager Expects 500 Layoffs

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 AM CDT
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Dallas City Manager Expects 500 Layoffs

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Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm says efforts to balance the municipal budget will mean about 500 layoffs this year.

Suhm, during an appearance Wednesday before a service club, said she has reduced the expected gap between revenue and expenses from a high of $130 million, to just under $19 million.

Suhm next month is expected to present a roughly $2 billion operating budget to the city council.

The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that the cutbacks are expected to include city services, plus delaying the buying of new police and firefighting equipment. Sales tax revenue also could be on the rise.

Suhm declined to say which Dallas workers might lose their jobs. The city currently has 12,875 employees.

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