Mayor Trashes Waste Privatization Delay, More Layoffs Could Come

More layoffs could be on the way for the city of Fresno.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin made that announcement Wednesday.

City unions collected enough signatures to force a new city council debate on whether voters should decide if the city can turn residential trash services over to a private company.

Swearengin, however, says the delay will now force the city to cut costs in other ways to balance its budget.

Swearengin says she's directed city staff to implement a "deeper layoff plan" over the next two weeks.

The city had expected to receive about $200,000 a month from the franchise starting in March.