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Ganim Cuts Jobs At Bridgeport Libraries

Layoffs reportedly affected Bridgeport libraries on Friday, July 1.
Layoffs reportedly affected Bridgeport libraries on Friday, July 1. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Seven librarians in Bridgeport lost their jobs to layoffs Friday, according to the Connecticut Post.

An additional "handful" of library staff will also leave due to incentives for early retirement that Mayor Joe Ganim offered, said the Connecticut Post.

Cuts within "housing code, building and social services departments, the town clerk, the golf course and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo," were among 30 cuts, said the Connecticut Post.

Ganim announced last week that the layoffs would be necessary because of a budget shortfall for the new fiscal year.

The layoffs, the second round of cutbacks since Ganim took office in December, were being planned even as the city of Bridgeport prepared to vote on a massive property tax increase on Tuesday. ( Click here to read what happened at Tuesday's meeting on the Daily Voice.)

"My administration has been unable to come to an accommodation with the various city employee labor unions that would get us to a figure of $4 million in savings that is required in order to balance the budget for the coming fiscal year," Ganim said in last week's statement.

Click here to read the Connecticut Post report .

Click here to read coverage of the Bridgeport layoffs on the Daily Voice .

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