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Layoffs loom in Sandusky

Andy Ouriel • Mar 10, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Sandusky officials know this much for certain: Deep cuts in the city's payroll and city services are coming.

Exactly how much gets axed, however, and which jobs are at stake remains a mystery.

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Get the e*Paper or buy Monday's Register at a newsstand near you to learn what some commissioners say plus a rundown of the May ballot measures and candidates.

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The city faces up to a $500,000 deficit in its nearly $16 million general fund budget this year, finance director Hank Solowiej said recently. City manager Nicole Ard recently provided the seven city commissioners a list of jobs and services that could be cut from today through 2014.

The cuts — totaling $2.2 million and 27 positions — would impact just about every city department, including police and fire. Ard did not make any recommendations, however, as to which cuts she recommends or how cuts could be implemented. 

How much the new union contracts will add to the expense column also looms as a huge unknown.  

Representatives from the city and the city's three collective bargaining units — police, fire and general service workers — are in negotiations on separate contracts that all expired last year. A conservative estimate — say, a 1 percent raise for each unit over a three-year period — could add about an extra $250,000 in payroll costs. 

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Get the e*Paper or buy Monday's Register at a newsstand near you to learn what some commissioners say plus a rundown of the May ballot measures and candidates.

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Note: The deficit figure was provided by the city's finance director several weeks ago. 

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