This embattled city will begin laying off a quarter of its municipal work force under a "doomsday budget" devised to satisfy fines that will total $1 million a day by week's end.

Mayor Nicholas Wasicsko called a special meeting of the City Council for Thursday in an apparent attempt to get one councilman to change his mind on a court-ordered housing desegregation plan.Four defiant councilmen have refused to budge in their opposition to the desegregation plan, causing a U.S. district judge to impose escalating fines that will reach $1 million a day by Friday and bankrupt the city by Thanksgiving.