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December 18, 2013

Proposal on table to bring back two city jobs

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The city may encounter some unexpected expenses in 2014 – such as a harsh winter or some kind of problem like a sinkhole – so McCaffrey said officials would monitor the budget throughout 2014.

And in the event certain expenses come in under budget, the Council will revisit bringing laid off staff back, McCaffrey said.

“Right now, it is simply premature to bring staff back without knowing if our budget can handle it,” McCaffrey said.

Last month, the Common Council adopted a $23.7 million general fund budget, balanced with a 34-cent or 2.3 percent increase in the city tax rate, to $15.07 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The tax levy, $10.6 million, is 1.7 percent higher than the 2013 levy.

A total of 16 layoffs was originally planned, until a recently announced firefighter retirement cut the number of layoffs down by one. Seven city firefighters, four police officers, a building inspector and a youth department position were the other layoffs.

But, city officials have expressed confidence that due to talks with city police, all four officers could be saved.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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