Onslow County Government To Cut 71 Positions

There are tough economic times for one county here in Eastern Carolina. Onslow County announced today that it will cut 71 positions from county government.

The county says the decision comes on the heels of less money from the state and directives from county commissioners for a leaner, more cost effective government.

The county says services will be restructured and priorities realigned.

The 71 positions include both current and vacant positions. "Onslow County is committed to being a low tax community providing quality services, but reductions were necessary in order to properly provide excellent core services", states Interim County Manager David Smitherman.

Onslow County's budget will be unveiled at a meeting on June 1st at 7:00 p.m.


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  • by County Rez Location: Jacksonville on May 21, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    I'm glad they finally got off their lazy duff's and drove around to see 6 people leaning on a shovel talking about a 2' deep hole. This county need to rid more than 71. I can count that many in one department that is just "drawing a check" for nothing more than just standing around. Finally someone has the nerve to do something about wasteful gov. spending. I say BRAVO! Fire more of them and build some sidewalks with that money. They need to access every department, and cut the WASTE of tax dollars. So what if the wind up in the unemployment line. They're in a line now for a check for doing NOTHING!!!
  • by Local Location: Jacksonville on May 20, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    This isn't an issue of Democratic or Republican; it's both sides that are at fault. A Democrat may be Governor, but our Board of Commissioners is chock full of Republicans. If Republicans were in charge at the state level I'm sure that they would be laying off people too, instead of making across the board pay cuts to save jobs. I would have rather seen .5% pay reductions for all county employees than see people lose their jobs in this terrible economy.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 20, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    Onslow County Government To Cut 71 Positions. I wonder how many of those 71 voted Democratic. You got what you voted for a free trip to the unemployment line.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on May 20, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    Well, I guess state is NEXT. Look out STATE AGENcies.
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