West Warwick looking at layoffs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – West Warwick is facing a financial crisis that may force the town to lay off more than a dozen employees.

West Warwick is running a four million dollar budget deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. That's 15 percent of the town's total budget. To close the gap, town manager Jim Thomas is proposing layoffs.

"Seven police officers, three firefighters, four Department of Public Works. We have two building maintenance and we're going to subcontract that work out," says Thomas. "And the assistant to the town manager is one. So if you add all those numbers up it comes up to 17."

Thomas also wants to eliminate 13 vacant positions.

In addition to those cuts, the town of West Warwick is in negotiations with all three of its labor unions with an eye towards major concessions.

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