Could the Village cut more personnel?

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By John Hubbuch

Journal reporter Marty Stempniak had an informative and relatively detailed report on the Village's 2011 budget in last week's paper. (Click here to read the article.) The Village is trying to balance its budget with a little revenue increase from various taxes and fees, and some modest cuts. No big deal.

But what caught my eye was that the proposed budget had no personnel cutbacks because the Village had trimmed about 70 positions over the past three years. It seems to me that there has been no diminution in Village services over the last three years. Fires got put out. Bad guys got arrested. Leaves and snow got removed. What did these 70 people do, and how come we don't miss them? Could the Village cut more personnel? How does our staffing compare to Evanston, LaGrange and Elmhurst? An inquiring mind wants to know.

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John Hubbuch from Oak Park  

Posted: October 25th, 2010 7:27 AM

Good calls. It's too bad that there are not enough investigative resources to examine the implications " we cut 70 jobs". It isn't so impressive if 50 of them were outsourced.

john murtagh from Oak Park  

Posted: October 24th, 2010 4:14 PM

If the board is going to review the 2011 budget, it should do so with all expenses on the table at a public meeting. Pre-selecting organizations that will not face budget cuts without evidence of a full review is unseemly.

Observer from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 9:17 PM

Added thought: It's like the village boasting that DTOP vacancy rates have declined: there's less vacancy because the vacant buildings have been demolished.

Observer from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 9:07 PM

Remember that a lot of these village employees were replaced by outsourcing. The work is still being done-- just by other workers with lower pay and fewer benefits.

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