Long Beach residents blast tax hike, layoff plans

Long Beach residents turned out in droves tonight to blast plans to raise taxes and lay off employees to close the city's $10 million budget

LONG BEACH - Long Beach residents turned out in droves tonight to blast plans to raise taxes and lay off employees to close the city's $10 million budget deficit.

Under the proposal, 25 full-time workers and 42 part-time employees in several city departments would be laid off. In addition, city leaders say they plan to cut back on overtime, which accounted for $3 million in the budget last year.

The city is planning to vote on the new budget on May 22.State to audit Long Beach's finances

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