The report found that five city departments handled layoff procedures on their own instead of leaving it to human resources, but did not follow accepted practices.
Councilman Tennell Atkins said it shows the city has laid off too many people after several years of budget cuts and that the city does not have enough employees to to the work.
“So what the audit tells us, right now, we really don’t have enough personnel to run the city like a business,” he said.
Akins has been calling for a tax increase this year to avoid more staff reductions.
Mayor Tom Leppert said the audit only shows that the city needs to do a better job of following procedure and not let terminated employees leave with keys.
The mayor opposes a tax increase, saying the city still has the resources to provide services.
“This budget is still going to be well over a billion dollars," Leppert said. "We’re still going to have over 10,000 employees. We’ve got a lot of people. There’s a lot of dollars."
About 400 city employees were terminated last year. Another 358 were laid off but rehired in other positions.
Dallas is projected to have a budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The latest estimate puts the shortfall at $39 million.
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