The Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) is putting the public on notice that proposed budget cuts will have a direct effect on services. A meeting is scheduled for May 28 to discuss the layoff of 18 employees and what the cuts will mean.
CHD Spokesman Rocky Merz says over the last five years the department has had to eliminate more than 100 positions. The latest cuts come from a city budget proposal to cut 9% of the CHD's budget.
The Cincinnati Health Department says the number of residents with bed bug infestation is down seven percent since 2009. But at least two members of the Joint Bed Bug Task Force disagree that the city is making real progress.
Ohio Representative Dale Mallory leads the task force and says he's frustrated that Cincinnati hasn't worked hard enough to get bigger decreases. He says the city is still near the top on many U.S. bed bug lists.