Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker announced this morning that the city will lay off 88 employees by the end of the year, most in the police and fire departments. Layoffs will be based on ‘last hired – last fired’. Those who could lose their jobs will be notified today.
Current vacancies will not be filled.
KTBS reports that Twenty-six Police Department employees will be laid off, along with 38 in the Fire Department. The city will close one or two fire stations and go from a Class 1 to a Class 2 fire department, which will cause homeowners insurance rates to rise slightly.
Although property taxes have been rolled back by a third to keep bills from increasing as the value of property rose, because officials believed that growth and increased sales taxes would make up the difference.
None of this is final until the city council approves the budget, and I have a feeling that they may be weighing some other options.