Possible layoffs for police and firefighters and Covington

COVINGTON, KY (AP) - A northern Kentucky city could lay off 25 full-time employees, including police and firefighters, if the economic situation doesn't improve in the next two months.

The Covington City Commission, by a 4-1 vote, put a contingency plan in place to help meet a projected $3.8 million shortfall for the next fiscal year.

City Commissioner Steve Casper said layoffs might be averted if revenues increase, or if costs decrease or health care concessions are made by employees before the end of June.

If the city enacts the contingency plan July 1, it would lay off 10 full-time employees in the fire department, eight full-time employees in public improvements, four full-time and one part-time employee in the police department as well as a school resource officer.

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