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Board of Health takes first step to approving layoffs

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Board of Health has voted to approve the layoff rationale statement for 20 department employees, the first step in the layoff process.

The move is part of City Manager Milton Dohoney's 2011-12 budget proposal, which calls for a $2.8 million reduction in the health department's general fund budget. Most of the positions are employees of the central lab.

"The Manager's proposal calls for outsourcing of the lab which will result in the reduction and delay of some lab services particularly in the area of disease outbreak control and emergency preparedness functions in the case of natural or human made disasters," said Public Information Officer Rocky Merz in a statement.  

The Board of Health also voted last August 2009 to eliminate 34 positions.

No school health nurse positions were approved for layoff; however, Board of Health officials say that if funding is not identified in mid 2011, these services will have to be reduced as well.

"Layoffs are truly one of the most difficult parts of my responsibilities as Health Commissioner, for our organization, the citizens who rely on the services we provide and more importantly for the employees and families who are directly involved," said Health Commissioner Dr. Noble Maseru.

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