GEL SHARE: Glen Ellyn Lays Off Five Village Employees; Reduces One to Part-time

Village Manager Steven Jones announced at a budget workshop Monday the decision to reduce staff payroll by laying off five Glen Ellyn village employees, and changing one-full time position to part-time.

The exact positions were not released, though the last day for the five employees is this Friday. Village President Vicky Hase echoed disappointment about the decision to let village employees go.

It's expected the staff reduction will save the village between $400,000 to $440,000. The village staff and board have been working on the budget since January in an effort to resolve a $2.6 million deficit.

This year's $44 million budget includes an expense reduction of 4.2 percent. Finance Director Jon Batek stated that if revenues do not increase, there would definitely be a reduction in village services.

In the past few weeks the board has contemplated a 1 percentage point increase in the sales tax. It's projected the increase will bring in about $875,000 presuming the measure is enacted by July 1. If enacted, the increase is expected to eradicate the deficit for the 2009-2010 budget. Projections of the tax increase in a full fiscal year may generate $1.7 to $1.9 million.

Upcoming meetings regarding the sales tax increase are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday. The board is expected to review an ordinance on the measure March 9; with a final vote expected on March 23.

Upcoming meetings regarding the budget are scheduled for: April 27 with a public hearing held April 13.

Batek acknowledge a major increase this year's budget was the board's decision to change the paramedic service. The village purchased two ambulances instead of renting, on the premise improve service coverage in town.

Though the increased cost will be offset by revenue brought in by ambulance calls, the exact amount of the offset is uncertain at this time.

Updated: March 5, 2009

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