Employee cuts have begun at Lubbock City Hall. More than a dozen city workers lost their jobs. Twenty five open positions have been eliminated and 17 current employees lost their jobs. This includes employees who hold management and professional positions.
Interim city manager Tommy Gonzales says he's not releasing any names until people are notified. Gonzales says these cuts will save the city nearly $1.6 million a year. "These actions we took today (Thursday) puts us in a good position with Lubbock Power and Light. We don't want to see the rates go up and we don't want to look at those if we don't have to."
Gonzales blames the cuts because LP&P can't contribute $8 million into the city's general fund this year. Gonzales says LP&L is in debt by $12.8 million. He also says that's not including the losses this year.
Gonzales says his reorganization chart will be released to the public Friday morning.