May 1, 2016

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Lorain mayor: Here come the layoffs

LORAIN — Rather than fight what he called “several policy battles” over ordinances aimed at partially addressing a $3.6 million budget deficit, Mayor Chase Ritenauer removed the items from City Council’s meeting agenda Monday and said he will instead focus on massive layoffs that could result in intermittent closures of City Hall. A mandatory retirement Read More…

Lorain Council’s Finance and Claims Committee canceled

LORAIN — Today’s meeting of city Council’s Finance and Claims Committee was withdrawn from the schedule last week in order to get a better idea of possible budget-cutting options. “We were originally planning on going over the general fund expenditures for this budget cycle, but the committee chairman, Joe Koziura, decided to remove it from Read More…

Brinda: 2016 budget could see 15 percent or more reduction; layoffs possible

ELYRIA – City officials are working up a 2016 budget that could see upward of a 15 percent reduction in city departments, which could result in employee layoffs, Mayor Holly Brinda said Tuesday. “A lot of places don’t have 15 percent to reduce so we are still working the numbers to see what that will Read More…

6. Steel industry downturn affects Lorain

Downturns in the steel industry resulted in hundreds of layoffs at U.S. Steel and Republic Steel and large budget woes for the city of Lorain. The downturn was caused by a large infusion of oil and natural gas on the open market that has driven down demand for tubular steel used in drilling and fracking Read More…

Lorain mayor says budget cuts ahead for 2016

LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer reiterated Monday that layoffs are coming in 2016, and no area of city government is off limits. City Council didn’t discuss the projected $2.3 million deficit Monday night during a Council meeting, but, after the meeting, Ritenauer said there is no way around layoffs. The city’s budget woes are partially Read More…

Cuts possible as Lorain faces deficit

LORAIN — Facing a $2.3 million projected deficit, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer isn’t ruling out layoffs next year and wants City Council members to spend the $1 million rainy day fund and a $136,000 surplus to reduce the shortfall. “Right now, it’s pouring,” Ritenauer said Tuesday. “We’ve got to deal with that.” Ritenauer said unspecified Read More…

Lorain facing $2.3 million deficit

LORAIN — Lorain has a $2.3 million projected deficit and Mayor Chase Ritenauer isn’t ruling out layoffs. “We are going to have to make some painful decisions in 2016,” Ritenauer said in a news release today. “I expect everything to be on the table including reductions in force, regional consolidation and a thorough review of Read More…

Elyria officials decide against raises

ELYRIA — Faced with a looming revenue deficit for 2016 and beyond, city officials didn’t even consider Monday the possibility of a pay raise for elected officials. Near the conclusion of each term — an election for mayor, law director, finance director and all 11 City Council members was a week ago — city officials Read More…

Wellington school board rescinds budget cuts after public outcry

WELLINGTON — The power of the public has saved Wellington Schools’ full-day kindergarten program and a speech pathologist for at least another year. On Tuesday, following community outrage over $2.4 million of proposed budget cuts to the school district and teachers’ salaries, the Board of Education decided to retain full-day kindergarten and keep Joanna Hornbeck Read More…

Wellington schools lay off 24

WELLINGTON — The Wellington Schools teaching staff was hit the hardest this month when the administration handed out layoff notices to 24 employees. The notices were handed out March 13 to 11 teachers from the elementary, middle and high schools as well as five intervention specialists, cleaners, a secretary, a cafeteria aide and a bus Read More…