Blytheville passes budget for 2016

Blytheville passes budget for 2016

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The City of Blytheville will lay off several employees after the 2016 budget was approved.

The $15 million dollar budget had to be approved before Jan. 31.

It was passed on Thursday night, but was brought back before the council on Friday to clear up a procedural matter before being officially passed.

According to council member Tommy Abbott, 24 city jobs will cut. Some were vacant positions that will just not be filled.

That includes three openings within the Blytheville Police Department.

The Public Works Department will see the most cuts. Fifteen people in that department will lose their jobs, according to Abbott.

A total of six firefighter jobs will also be cut. Two of those positions were already vacant.

Councilman Abbott also said the $15 million budget is balanced.

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