The city of Meridian has eliminated nineteen unfilled positions and fourteen positions that were filled, for a reduction of thirty-three employees.
These cuts are coming from just about every department except for police and fire.
When these positions were eliminated, so were several programs that were run by those employees, including Keep America Beautiful, Retiree Recruitment and certain Parks and Recreation programs.
Mayor Cheri Barry says they were good programs, but not essential services.
"I hope this will be the first and the last type of cut that we will have to make," said Barry. "I can't make that promise. I have to look at the finances."
Despite this grim outlook, one department is still growing. Thanks to grant money, the police department will be able to hire five new officers.
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