25 County Employees to be Laid Off in Cost-Cutting Move

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CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced today that 25 county employees will be laid off as part of a restructuring intended to reduce the cost of county government. 

FitzGerald said the layoffs will also better position Cuyahoga County for the drastic state budget cuts proposed last week by the Kasich administration. Among the governor’s proposals is an unprecedented 50 percent cut to state revenue shared through the local government fund. 

“Our goal here is to reduce costs and continue streamlining our new form of county government so that it is better prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century,” FitzGerald said. 

The Kasich administration’s budget proposal also includes a large number of other cuts to county government, such as human services, that county leaders continue to analyze. The local government fund cut alone would cost county government $17 million per year when fully implemented. 

Most county employees were to be notified today of the layoff decisions.