10/20/08 58 W - + 10 - 9 Wake Expects to Lose $17M in Slow Economy

County officials said today that they're expected millions in losses in the coming months. The County Manager has implemented an across-the-board hiring freeze. He's also cancelled all non-essential travel by county employees. Spending cuts were also unveiled. Read the WRAL story. The News & Observer is also covering the story.

Does this put a freeze on the firefighter positions or have the money for their salaries already been allocated?
Applicant - 10/20/08 - 22:54

Watch the County Manager’s presentation to Commissioners yesterday at http://wake.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.p.., which starts at 35:00.
Legeros - 10/21/08 - 06:31

Funds may already be ‘allocated’ in the budget, but that is dependent upon those revenues coming in. They don’t come in, as apparently they are expecting them not to, potentially, then the money cannot be spent. We’ll all have to wait and really see just how this problem is going to affect what we do and our ability to do it.
DJ (Web Site) - 10/21/08 - 13:55

DJ is exactly right. There is a freeze on new firefighter positions until a plan can be established to sustain the recommended positions over the next few years. Lower fire tax revenues are expected as growth has come to a virtual halt. So even though the positions have been approved in budget, the approvals were based on an anticipated revenues and growth based revenue increases this FY. Well, those revenues are not going to “come in” at the expected levels, so now a new approach is in order. Trust me, the Fire Commission and Wake County staff are working hard to assemble a recommended plan to meet the county manager’s requests and to provide the much needed firefighter positions. We’ll have to wait for now as this is indeed a crisis we all will have to work through slowly.
A.Rich - 10/22/08 - 13:11

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