Neall Budget Calls For Layoffs In '93

Plan Expected To Exceed Recommended Spending

April 30, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff writer

County Executive Robert R. Neall intends to introduce a budget tomorrow that calls for laying off some of the county's 4,000 employees and spending more than an executive advisory group recommended a few months ago.

Neall confirmed yesterday that layoffs are part of the proposed 1993 budget due to be released tomorrow.

During a briefing before the County Council last night, PersonnelDirector Donald Tynes said 175 jobs, including both vacant and filled positions, would be abolished.

Neall introduced a bill to the County Council last week, spelling out procedures for laying off countyemployees, essentially allowing layoffs based on seniority within departments.

Union leaders said at the time the bill was a precursorto layoffs.

But council members, who must approve Neall's proposed budget, said yesterday it might be difficult to approve a spending plan that calls for layoffs among a work force that accepted 3 percent wage cuts to avoid layoffs last fall.

"It wasn't too long ago that the county was asking for wage concessions and they (workers) agreed. And now, we'll be coming back with layoffs and it's going to be looked at hard," said Council Chairman David G. Boschert.

Louise Hayman, Neall's press spokesman, said the budget also is expected to call for a spending more than the $607 million recommended in January by Neall's Spending Affordability Committee.

Bennett H. Shaver, chairman of the seven-member group, said the group met Tuesday night anddecided there was no basis for changing its recommendation.

Neallsaid he wants to reduce the size of the county work force by 10 percent over the next three years. The county has 187 vacant positions.

On April 2, county officials announced an early-retirement incentive program aimed at saving up to $3 million by inducing about 100 county workers to retire.

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