Sep 16, 2009 7:44 AM by Associated Press
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is proposing that 176 city workers be laid off to help close a $120 million budget shortfall. On top of that, 191 police officers, firefighters and sheriff's deputies could lose their jobs if they don't agree to forego raises.
Hickenlooper's administration announced the proposed cuts Tuesday in response to the biggest drop in city revenues since the Great Depression. Hickenlooper is also proposing scaling back library hours and having private groups take over the operation of four recreation centers. Talks are now underway on two centers and officials are confident they'll be able to keep all of them open.
The plan now goes to the City Council, which is expected to make a final decision on cuts in November.