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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham has furloughed 7 employees in an effort to reduce the Mayor’s fiscal year 2021 budget, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

With a budget shortfall anticipated, Mayor Yvonne Spicer adjusted her previously submitted budget on April 30, and announced she laid off a dozen employees and has furloughed an additional seven employees in the Deaprtment of Public Works and facilities.

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“The City is anticipating a serious shortfall in revenues in the coming fiscal year, which we will be unable to address without reducing salary expenditures, both for the remainder of the current fiscal year and into the next fiscal year. Through a collaborative effort by the City’s Division Heads and my leadership team, we are attempting to address this shortfall, in part, by not filling current vacancies, making layoffs of various part-time and seasonal positions, and reducing hours for specific positions for the next few months. Still, unfortunately, these efforts alone are not enough to address the situation,” said the Mayor Spicer in a statement issued by her Public Information Officer Kelly McFalls.

The Mayor said the City of Framingham on the municipal side began a hiring freeze on March 18.

SOURCE requested a list of all position’s furloughed by department, salary, and effective date of layoff.

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The seven salaries total about $530,000, but keep in mind the positions are particially funded in the fiscal year 2021 budget.

The Mayor is requesting a $298 million budget for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. The 11-member City Council has yet to approve the budget.

One position in the facilities department was placed on a furlough as of May 22 and is not due to be re-instated until December 30, 2020. That position is for a building manager at a salary of $56,560.40.

The other six positions are all on the Department of Public works. The furloughs begin on June 1 and are scheduled to end on September 30, 2020, according to the City.

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The positions are:

  • Senior project manager – DPW capital – $93,256.80
  • Director of project management – DPW capital – $106,932.24
  • Senior project manager – DPW capital – $89,636.04
  • Director of capital construction management – DPW capital – $104,838.87
  • Senior project manager – DPW capital – $89,636.04
  • Senior project manager – DPW capital – $86,155.68

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.