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Eight Palmetto city workers laid off as part of budget cuts

PALMETTO — Responding to the slowdown in the local building and construction market and in an effort to reduce spending, administrators at Palmetto City Hall told eight employees their services were no longer needed.

City Clerk Jim Freeman said today five of the laid-off workers came from the building and planning departments.

The other three came from the public works, parks and recreation and computer services, Freeman said.

The salary and benefits of the eight employees will produce a savings of about $462,600 a year, just over half of the $750,000 needed to balance the budget without raising the property tax rate.

“We feel pretty comfortable that these reductions and other budget modifications will get us to a balanced budget,” Freeman said. “We envision no effect on service to the public, considering that five of the positions were directly a reaction to the downturn in the building and construction market.”