Layoffs loom in Sandusky

On the table: Twenty-seven positions and $2.2 million in cuts over two years.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 10, 2013

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

Comments

Mum-of-One

not to mention accumulated sick pay. Sick pay is for when people are off work sick. It should never be a reward for not getting sick.

pavedparadise

Mum-of-one

You are spot on.

In the private sector the non-use of sick days and vacation is called "Use It Or Loose It". Also in the private sector, senior employees are getting grandfathered in for pensions while younger employees are being moved to employee contribution 401Ks

Matt Easterhold

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CAPNTIM50

Merge what? Sandusky and Perkins? Tell me this. Why doesn't Cedar Point pump major dallars into the Sandusky community. New roads, sewers, sidewalks, vehicles, the list could go on. I hear the communities of the casinos along the Ohio river in Indiana reapt major improvements. CP makes alot of money, why not invest into the community. Cleveland Rd sure could use improvement. Right where you enter CP. Just asking.

KURTje

Love it knucklehead. Darn those pesky jobs that USED to pay a wage. Others & self said stuff like this would happen. Oh well oldsters (those getting this stuff) don't need it do they? Sure glad my folks taught me much. (Its probably gonna get worse) Hope I'm wrong.

BEHAPPY

Start at the T-O-P for a change

John Harville

Gov. Kasich, on arrival in office, proceeded to cut m/billions from budgets to local governments. He wanted to force governmentall units to begin finding ways to share resources, services, funding, etc.
For some reason, municipalities and schools and others just haven't gotten the message. Perhaps it's time for Unigov such as Indianapolis/Marion County has had five decades. Time for Erie County, Perkins Township, Sandusky City to combine services. Most of you probably voted for Kasich so now you have to smile through the pain...

pavedparadise

Problem JH is the money the State is cutting from Local Governemnt is our money to start with. Take a look at just one example of your tax money being wasted.

American Tax Dollars Wasted: 10 Worst Examples in 2012

Waste Book 2012: A covered bridge to nowhere. What list of government waste would be complete without a notorious “bridge to nowhere”? In this case, it’s $520,000 to fix the Stevenson Road Covered Bridge in Green County, Ohio, which was last used in 2003.

John Harville

paved... I know whose money it is.. ours... and the state keeps taking it for pet projects.... and telling us we need to pass local levies to make up the loss - still more of our tax dollars.
But let's put the responsibility where it lies. Even the Republican Auditor is going to audit the Republican governor's private JobsOhio group of the governor's cronies. Shades of Tom Noe...

CAPNTIM50

That was a bit easier to do, the Indianapolis/Marion County merger, since basiclly Indianapolis almost made up all of Marion County. Only a few smaller townships surround it.
It would likely be alot harder for that to happen here in Erie County.

Mr. D

Shut down the city owned greenhouse. . . Buy flowers from the Amish growers near Plymouth. . . Let community minded volunteers and those sentenced to community service plant and water them. . . Huge savongs!!!

WhatTheHeck

Good idea.

luvblues2

Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing?

Darkhorse

Due to the lack of organization, I doubt the commissioners will arrive at a consensus of what to cut in order to gain a balanced budget. My guess is that they will spend way too much time agruing about what to cut that nothing will get done and the city will end up with an unbalanced budget. Time is running short and decisions need to be made.

Cityslicker

That's a pretty good sized editorial mistake there. Wonder if any retractions will be printed in the headlines. Probably not since it was not a public servant or government person that made the mistake. Hey Deidre, does this mean your going to take Matt off your speed dial??

3M TA3

Do Obama phones have speed dial?

John Harville

3m yeah.... speed dial... the ones the President uses to call ALL the gas stations/convenience stores to tell them to raise gas prices.

WhatTheHeck

Cut that blond haired guy who works in the street dept. All he does is stand around and yell at his friends that pass by and give them the finger and laugh. He drives the street sweeper once in awhile and stops at all his friends house to chat. Ooops, senority. I forgot.

God Of Thunder

#1...They're paying the City manager more than they've ever paid one..
#2...They're paying Law director 133k to sub out all of his work...
#3...Commissioners all keep dumping money into their "Pet Projects"...

NO WONDER THEY"RE OUT OF MONEY!!!!

Dutigas

Get rid of ard and icsman that will save the City money. I am sure that either one of them will not take a wage cut. Is ard or icsman going out and protect the City, put out fires and run the squad. As long as these two high wage people think they can run the City, the City will never get ahead.
Why is that the low wage employee always got to take the heat and lose their jobs. WHY WHY WHY

John Harville

So much for economic development. Fremont having same problems with same guy...

BEHAPPY

Start at the T-O-P....You know...those HIGH paying jobs....where they sit at a desk and dictate...yes...those....THAT'S where all the money is going. I would like to see that our police, fire, services all stay...They already had their cuts. Start where you will REALLY save BIG TIME!

JohnDorian12

Great point!

JERRY from SANDUSKY

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When are the higher salary peeps going to give up the bucks

JohnDorian12

Is there anyone who is surprised by this??? Fact: There is a City Manager who has very little experience, more interested in exerting her authority than she is making good financial decisions....you have one cop who was basically just handed a 10 month vacation WITH pay because she chose to make a knee jerk reaction and fire him. you have a "mole" somewhere in the city who reports EVERYTHING to this dump of a paper, so they can print it and make ANYONE who may be thinking about moving there, move to Huron or Perkins....does the Rag-ister feel that by making city officals look bad and making cops out to be the bad buys make a middle classs family WANT to live there??? You also have a person on the commission who has mismanaged her own finances and has been abusing the welfare system for 20+ years...yet you vote to put her in charge of the citys finances??? If there is one resident of that city who shocked by this, well that wont shock me...the ONLY thing Im shocked about, is that it took this long...good job Nicole and Matt and Deidra!! Fine job!!

whocares

Would this story read any differently if Senate Bill 5 had passed?

CAST THE FIRST STONE

all comes back to sb5 idont feel sorry for any of them because they all voted to lose their jobs

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