Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen rolled out the city's budget today, and while we often talk about how much the federal and state governments are growing, one statistic from a N&O preview article surprised me:
but this current fiscal year the city’s head count will remain flat.
A couple hundred new city government employees per year? Doing what exactly? The most rational explanation would be public safety officers as Raleigh has grown so fast. But that's not the case. The article further states: "In recent years the city has added between 10 and 15 public safety employees a year, he said."
So out of 100-200 new employees per year, only 10-15 of them are public safety. Just how many Downtown Alliance Ambassadors does the city need rather than police and fire fighters?
The good news, the economic crisis has necessitated a hiring freeze for this year.