Hamilton County not sure if layoffs will be necessary


The President of the Hamilton County Commission says their thoughts are with the city of Cincinnati and other local municipalities forced to make deep cuts because of the coronavirus outbreak. Denise Driehaus says the county has instituted a hiring freeze and has asked departments to cut spending by 20%. She says while everyone wants to know if there will be layoffs or furloughs, the answer is "nothing is off the table." Driehaus says unlike the city which is in the end of its fiscal year, the county is early in the 2020 budget and has time to see the impact the pandemic causes. The county is expecting a loss in revenues of between $40-$70 million. She says layoffs will be the last resort.