Protesters say no to layoffs outside Galesburg city hall

November 4, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM CDT

GALESBURG, Ill. -- Galesburg City Council members are feeling some backlash for a proposal aimed at saving the city money.

Monday night more than 20 residents protested outside of City Hall before the council meeting.

They were protesting the proposed layoff of two policemen, four firefighters and six other public workers.

These layoffs are part of the Galesburg 2014 proposed budget.

Protesters say their main concern with these layoffs is public safety.

"All they're doing is hurting the citizens of the county and they're not doing any good for anyone else. We're down to the bare minimum for man power to get anything done, and the contract out more work then we're doing, and it's not fair to the economy, it's not fair to the citizens and it's costing more money in the long run," said Randy Lynch, AFSCME Council 31 Staff Representative.

The topic was not on the City Council agenda for Monday night, but there were many public comments suggesting other ways to improve the budget.

The budget will be voted on November 18.

The protesters said they will be showing up until a decision is made.

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