|Updated: 10/27/2009 3:56 pm
||Published: 10/26/2009 7:29 pm
Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer confirms the department will lay off 21 officers from the force, as it tries to trim $2 million from its budget. But even if the department lays off 21 officers, a federal grant that was approved earlier this month, will still allow the department to hire 18 of those laid off officers back.
But that means the department would still be 3 officers lighter. This is where they're hoping to make up the $2 million, in addition to other cost-cutting measures.
Mayor Kathy Taylor has been looking to cut millions more from the budget, following a sharp drop in sales tax revenue. Friday was the deadline for all department heads to submit their ideas for cutting costs. In her report to council tomorrow, the mayor will reveal where those cuts will come from.
The city as a whole needs to trim $6 million from the original budget plan. That's on top of $10 million worth of cuts made when that budget plan went into effect July 1st, which required city workers to take 8 furlough days.
The second round of cuts follow a steep drop in September sales tax receipts, which came in more than 5% below expectations.
Unlike the police department, the fire department says it should be able to avoid layoffs through other cost-cutting moves.
Chief Ron Palmer says if TPD has to lay off people, departments would be restructured and those working in special divisions would be moved to patrol division.
Mayor Taylor says some of the less important departments may be asked to cut more than departments like police and fire, so the city can maintain public safety.
Tune in to Fox 23 News at 5:00 for more details.