Beaufort County Government Layoffs

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

The state of the economy's taken a toll on many of our budgets and the same goes for Beaufort County finances. Local officials tell us some unfortunate layoffs are going to be made soon in order to keep the government afloat.

Come June 12th, Beaufort County Manager Paul Spruill says 17 full time positions are going to be cut and three part time. Of the total 20, 12 are currently filled, those employees will be let go, the rest are vacant positions and will not be filled.

Some of those employees being laid off include a building inspector, a tax appraiser, a social worker, and three office managers.

The problem is the counties revenue shortfalls are unprecedented and in order to respond to things like a drop in sales taxes, the county must take action, something they've had to do in the past as well.

Spruill says, "This June 12th effort will represent our 3rd mass layoff in 6 years. The county has some experience implementing this type of spending cut, which no one enjoys. It's a terrible outcome but in order to spend responsibly in this economy it's a decision we had to make."

Layoffs were also made in 2004 and 2006 of five or more county employees.

When asked if further cuts might possibly be made, Spruill says if the legislature supports the governor's budget proposal and provides the county with funds like the promised lottery money, no other layoffs will need to be made.

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  • by so not true Location: washington on Apr 1, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    to city: that is so not true i went down there because my light bill was 400.oo and i did not have enough to pay it and that lady looked me dead in my face and told me there was nothing they could do. i could pay it or i would have my lights cut off the next day. there are only 3 people in my house two are children less than 5 i leave for work at 6:30 and do not srrive back home until 6 or 7 i heat with gas so i know there is no way my light bill could be 400.00. like everyone else said the city is ripping us off and why because we have no other electric company to serve us.just as layoffs have nothing to do with my light bill a cut off fee being added to my light bill and my lights never being cut off is robbing man. just as me having to pay for a city tag and there is no such thing as a city tag it's a rip off look at how many 35 dollars you get for cut off fees and lights never turned off and how many 5 dollars the city gets for a city tag that does not exist
  • by To City Next Location: Washington on Apr 1, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    I understand your frustrations, but I am fortunate ,as a city employee, to have a City Manager that is doing everything possible not to implement layoffs.. He is doing his best, and I for one am thankful. Your light bill has absolutely nothing to do with laying off employees, or 401K. If you would call, the city is more than happy to work with you, just as credit card companies are. Believe me, I know. I wish you well through these tough times. It will get better, because hope is always a good thing.
  • by David on Mar 31, 2009 at 10:59 PM
    I was told that the old Christmas lights did not affect my light bill , so I asked why does it go up around Christmas? answer,folks do more cooking around the holidays. Well I cook with gas.Then I was told that heating costs went up during the colder months, well, I heat with gas ,I never got a straight answer for the increase in my bill.So I guess the man with the gold (or the electricity)makes the rules!
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    Why has there not been any coverage of the layoffs that Pitt County Schools is now implementing? I would like some information please!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 at 06:01 PM
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    Those that control, the power, food, water, etc. control the people. Face it the Govt. is more and more incotrol of your life everyday.
  • by me Location: here on Mar 31, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    I know how you fill, they came up here one day to cut mine off, and I told them I paid it and had a receipt so I gave the man my receipt, and then he called it in,and they said that was not one of there pay satations,and I have been paying it there 6 to 7 months. So I had to go to that store, get my money back and go to vanceboro and pay it. They added the cut of fee to my next Da-- bill. They are a bunch of rip offs. They will get you one way or another.
  • by city next? Location: washington on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    maybe the city should do some lay offs then maybe my light bill will go down. i was 10 minutes late getting there to pay my bill and the rip offs had already added a cut off fee and mind you this was 8:45 in the morning and i had just left home lights still on my lights were never cut off i guess this is how they can get 40-45 added to their 401k plan by contributing only 5 dollars i feel for the people who cant pay their light bills until the last day to pay, penalties, cut-off fees even when your lights were never cut off its a rip off and they have been getting away with this for years next time i think i will let them cut off my lights at least that way i have not just handed them 35 dollars of my hard earned money

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