Birmingham city employee cutbacks begin

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -  Birmingham city employee cutbacks are underway at Birmingham City Hall.

Eleven employees were given letters terminating their employment with the city, beginning just after noon Friday.  Earlier this week Mayor William Bell said many of the positions were appointed, meaning prior administrations and mayors had hired them.

Bell said he planned to eliminate at least 14 unfilled and filled positions, meaning people would leave city hall without a job.

FOX6 cameras watched one employee being escorted to her car with a box full of belongings.

Bell has not addressed the cost saving actions Friday, but is expected to do so before the day is over.

The cuts are expected to save $750,000 during a critical time for the city as leaders try to work out a 2011 budget that's due by July.