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By the numbers: Dozens of Memphis city employees receive pink slips

(WMC-TV) - Dozens of Memphis city employees learned Friday they were out of a job, as a result of the city's recent budget woes.

In all, 52 city employees met with city Human Resources director Quintin Robinson and their division directors today at the Central Library.

The breakdown, by division, is as follows:
 
- Executive: 1
- Finance: 5
- Parks: 18
- Public Works: 11
- General Services:
- Community Enhancement: 6
- Legal: 1

Additionally, 11 WIN employees, whose positions were grant funded, were also let go Friday. A city spokesperson said those positions are part of an overall restructuring of WIN and do not impact the general fund.

Also Friday, the Memphis Fire Department cut the equivalent of 15 positions through attrition, and the Memphis Police Department cut the equivalent of 37 positions.  Two other people retired out of legal, three retired from Human Resources, and the IT department cut a vacancy.

City officials have scheduled a time next week next week to meet with employees who they could not meet with Friday due to previously scheduled vacations.

Robinson said employees who are laid off will continue to be paid through July 15.

Earlier this month, the Memphis City Council adopted a new 2011-2012 budget for the fiscal year that starts Friday. It includes an 18-cent property tax hike, 125 layoffs and the elimination of 248 vacant positions.

Mayor A C Wharton had originally proposed reducing the number of paid holidays from 13 to one, but the administration decided to lessen the impact on employees who could be hit hard by missing one or two days of pay on a paycheck. The pay cut was instead spread out across the year by implementing a 4.6 percent reduction in pay.

The layoffs, pay reduction and vacant job elimination is expected to produce savings of $35.9 million for the city.

Wharton faced a roughly $60 million budget deficit due to a sagging economy, court-ordered school funding and other issues.

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. The AP contributed to this story.

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