Michigan City to Lay Off Responders

BAY CITY, Mich. --

TV5 has learned layoff notices have been sent out to Bay City city employees.

Clerical workers, along with an employee in city engineering, employees in parks services and six police officers were notified of the decision Tuesday.

Five firefighters were also informed of their termination.

Bay City has been trying to cover a $1.7 million budget deficit.

The notices that went out are just specific to the general fund, which was faced with a $1.7 million deficit -- of which $1.2 million is through this 10.8 percent reduction or the reduction of 19 positions in various departments, said Bay City City Manager Robert Belleman.

The layoff notices that were sent out Tuesday will not go into effect until July 1.

Officials said the layoffs can be called off if the city and union leaders come to an agreement to cut 10.8 percent in labor costs.

Meanwhile, the city commission has agreed to cut 10.8 percent out of its travel and training funds.

That move comes after residents and city union leaders complained that they were being asked to take the nearly 11 percent cut, but the commissioners were not.

Mayor Charles Brunner has agreed to cut his travel and training budgets as well.

The layoff notices come as Brunner participated in an auto summit in Washington, D.C.

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