County job cuts looming, supervisors seek union wage concessions

Supervisors reviewed a budget summary prepared by Dusek, that indicated that the 2010 shortfall was now only projected at $2.1 million rather than $6.3 million if pending cuts were enacted. The summary included an anticipated $2 million revenue in one-time federal stimulus funds to offset Medicaid expenses, $750,000 expected to be saved by the abolishment of the 21 jobs, plus three more that are pending. Other savings include $177,000 from Workers Compensation rate reduction, and $300,000 from the rent avoided by county agencies occupying the new Social Services building. Another source of savings, suggested by Information Technology Director Robert Metthe, received praise from supervisors. He suggested centralizing printing computer documents, saving $150,000 annually in printer toner and maintenance.

The supervisors cut the shortfall Wednesday by two new moves. They voted to reduce county employees' mileage compensation from 55 cents to 40 cents, which is expected to yield $78,000 annually, and to cut their county-based pay by 10 percent, from $17,000 annually to $15,300. The supervisors also receive stipends from their town.

Among those voting against cutting their own pay were Glens Falls supervisors Mike O'Connor and Bill Kenny.

These decisions by the county Budget Committee are subject to a final vote Friday June 19 by the full Board of Supervisors.

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