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City budget crunch dictates fewer layoffs

City officials estimate that Mayor Charlie Hales’ 2013-14 budget will result in 26 actual layoffs, which means most of the proposed 194 lost city positions in the budget will come via retirements and eliminating vacancies.

No layoffs will be needed in the police and fire bureaus, according to the latest estimate provided by Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes. The hardest-hit agencies will be the water, environmental services and finance bureaus.

Hales will present his budget at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to the rest of the City Council, followed by a separate budget for the Portland Development Commission at 9:45 a.m.

Layoff outcomes can change daily due to retirements and seniority-based bumping that allows senior staff who lose their jobs to take a similar job elsewhere. But the latest list of 26 layoffs would affect the following bureaus: Bureau of Development services, one layoff; Bureau of Environmental Services, five layoffs; Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, two layoffs; Office of Management and Finance, six layoffs; Parks and Recreation, three layoffs; and Water Bureau, nine layoffs.

Additional layoffs are expected at the PDC, which is undergoing some major budget cuts.