Budget Cuts Nix Some Programs

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

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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  • by used n Location: abused on May 14, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    to yolanda... are you crazy? cutting officers? yeah lets let the already growing crime problem we have here just escalate even more. the last thing we need to do is cut our first line of defense. and the only thing this mayor is doing is saving her own rear end. you my friend need to think before you put your idiotic opinions out there for the world to see.
  • by Jim Kirkman Location: Meridian on May 14, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    I agree, public works department can maintain the parks and also preform the duties of the community develoment department. Every time you go to a park you will see pubic works and commuinty develoment employees sitting around doing nothing. Since there is no building going on, why should the city pay five or six employees to do nothing but hassle the contractors. This will save another $900,000. per year by consolidatng parks and recreations , commuinty develoment and public works into one department. Cut the department heads that we are pay $90,000. year each to do nothing. (do the math)... outsource some of the services and save the tax payers money.
  • by Yolanda Location: Meridian on May 14, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    The Mayor is doing a great job. Cuting back in the areas that she is targeting is great. Now she need to cut back the areas where the Officers are in the Projects they are not doing anything just wasting tax dollars. Cut those positions and see don't the City safe more money. Stop paying the officers extra funds when they are not doing extra work.
  • by Fred Thomas Location: Meridian on May 13, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    The reduction in force should begin with depertment and division heads. Most of the duties can be done with 50% less employees . For example: The building inspector should be able to do all inspections, this can get rid of more un-needed jobs from the community develoment department. The public works department can take over the parks. Get rid of the CAO ... that is the mayor's job. There are several city jobs that can be sub-contracted out to save money. Employees with over 25 years on the job should retire. This will save the city $400,000. per year or more.
  • by used n Location: abused on May 13, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    As usual the lady mayor is showing her true colors. She doesn't care about what happens to those she depends on. As for cuts, why didn't she get rid of her little pet Kirk Thompson. He's expendable. That's another NEEDED employee's salary right there. And she CAN go and ask the board to vote to have her salary reduced. But you dont see her doing that either do you? No, she only wants to play god with people who are already struggling. What a waste. If Meridian REALLY wants to cut the fat, then I suggest they start at the TOP. Quit while you're ahead Mayor. You've done nothing but put the screws to those under you since day one. Some legacy... you're a joke.
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