2017 Onondaga County budget proposal calls for 13 layoffs

MGN Online

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The final 2017 Onondaga County budget proposal calls for 13 employees to be laid off to help close a deficit.

In a prepared news release, County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the number of layoffs could have been higher, but 205 county employees opted into a Retirement Incentive Plan, saving $8.4 million for the county's general fund. The county offered eligible workers $10,000.00, if they retired by the end of this year.

β€œThe retirement incentive was very successful,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. β€œIt struck the right balance between our employees and the rest of Onondaga County taxpayers. It was a tough budget year. This plan reflects difficult decisions and keeps the county on firm footing going forward.”

As for the cuts, Mahoney says all departments, including elected officials, will feel the sting. The County Legislature will review the plan and vote on it during its session on November 7th.

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