Public employees rally to avoid layoffs in Covington

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Public employees, including police officers and firefighters, are scheduled to rally in Covington on Wednesday.

They are rallying due to the fact that layoffs could happen for Covington firefighters and police officers if nothing changes with the city's finances.

The city is facing a $3.8 million budget shortfall for next year, and with no current plans in the future, layoffs are looking more like a possibility.

As it stands, 25 full time city employees would be let go without a new plan. Last week, Covington Commissioners passed a contingency plan that gives the City Manager permission to lay off those workers who provide safety to the community on May 25.

The vote was 4-1, with Mayor Denny Bowman casting the other dissenting vote.

The other vote consisted of the Commissioners voting 4-1 to eliminate at least 30 Firefighters per shift to save $600,000.

This isn't the final vote, however, realistically it will be hard to avoid layoffs. The city has a little under 40 days to figure everything out.

Commissioner Steve Frank has publicly stated that the Covington will run out of money in 2012 and paychecks will bounce if something doesn't change.

Wednesday, many city employees will be at the Police Memorial at the foot of the suspension bridge, rallying for their jobs. The rally is set for 4:30 p.m.

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