LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Budget talks are happening Tuesday afternoon in the City of Little Rock. The Little Rock Board of Directors is discussing the possibility of laying off dozens of city employees.
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. says the proposed budget amendment would help deal with a more than $7 million deficit.
Forty-four city jobs are on the chopping blocks, most are in the Parks and Recreation Department.
Other job salaries could be reduced.
The proposed amendment includes the closure or the re-purpose of two golf courses and closing the zoo Tuesday and Wednesdays between November and March.
There were also cuts to the Chamber of Commerce Budget and the Downtown Partnership.
This would save the city more than $2 million. Mayor Frank Scott Jr. says he came into office with a more than $7 million deficit.
These cuts are not as severe as last week’s proposed cuts. We’re told a new proposal will be presented this afternoon, so it’s not likely the board will vote today on the proposed budget amendment.