County spokesman: Layoffs likely
April 06, 2011 9:08 AM
SAN BERNARDINO • The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved compensation cuts to high-ranking county employees on Tuesday — in hopes the move will encourage union employees to swallow similar concessions.
Meanwhile, county spokesman David Wert said that whether or not the unions agree to the same cuts, layoffs and other deep cuts within county government appear imminent amid a $122.5 million budget shortfall through 2014-15.
“Layoffs are likely to occur with or without concessions,” Wert said, noting areas targeted for layoffs have not yet been determined. “Without concessions, the number of layoffs will be much higher.”
The payroll cuts approved Tuesday will save an estimated $5.7 million annually, according to Wert.
If all county employee unions agree to the same cuts, the savings will climb to $30 million. That $30 million could fund as many as 400 of the county’s 19,000 employees — though Wert noted the county would look to other areas to cut to minimize potential layoffs.
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