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City in major deficit, may cut jobs

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The mayor's straight talk on the city's current budget battle is creating waves...

Teresa Tomlinson, again, is warning of dire consequences to the city's workforce if the powers that be can't come to an agreement on how to offset rising insurance costs.

The mayor has suggested spreading the costs between the city and the employees premiums, but if councilors and department heads can't get on board, Tomlinson warned it could cost dozens of jobs, maybe 150.

Or city funded programs may be on the chopping block like Uptown Columbus, Keep Columbus Beautiful or the Civil War Naval Museum.

Critics are accusing the mayor of using scare tactics to get her way. The mayor is responding to those charges.

"Six and a half million dollars is a lot of money, and we have to start now with these sort of dramatic and I think very doable suggestions that won't impact our citizens or employees. I don't want anybody to lose jobs. A person without a job is a person without insurance, so while we are talking about these issues with insurance costs we have to remember that if people are losing jobs they are losing their insurance too. It's not a scare tactic. It's reality," Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says.


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