published Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Henry, Skillern say job cuts could go beyond the Health Department

by Dan Whisenhunt

As Hamilton County crafts its fiscal 2012 budget, two Hamilton County Commissioners say layoffs are possible — and not just from the Health Department, which is already facing steep cuts if a sales tax agreement between the city and the county is allowed to expire.

“As far as I’m concerned between job cuts and raising taxes, there will be job cuts,” Commissioner Fred Skillern said.

Chairman Larry Henry said job cuts to other county departments are “always a possibility.”

“Everything is on the table right now,” Henry said.

Skillern also addressed comments made by Councilwoman Deborah Scott during Tuesday’s Chattanooga City Council meeting. Scott said county officials had made comments that have demeaned the city and that were calculated to “humiliate city taxpayers.”

Skillern did not have a direct response saying, “Budget time is like other times in life. A lot of thing are said, a lot of things are done.”

Commissioner Mitch McClure compared budget time to having a baby.

See tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press for complete coverage.

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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