FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2009

 

 

MIRABELLA AND SULLIVAN RECOMMEND SALARY FREEZE FOR MANAGEMENT,
ELECTED OFFICIALS AND NON-CONTRACTUAL EMPLOYEES

AUSTERITY MEASURE TO SAVE $1 MILLION IN 2010 BUDGET INCLUDES DIRECTORS,
ELECTED OFFICIALS AND NON-CONTRACTUAL EMPLOYEES

 

UNION COUNTY---Incoming Freeholder Chairman Dan Sullivan and outgoing Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella today recommended the County freeze salaries for all directors, elected officials, and 640 non-contractual (exclusionary) employees, resulting in an anticipated savings of $1 million in the 2010 budget.

“We appreciate our employees and the work they do. However we must continue to take these measures given these tough economic times and the fiscal issues we are facing,” both Mirabella and Sullivan said in a joint statement. “We are all coming to the table and making sacrifices in order to continue the restoration of our fiscal health.”

The recommendation for the 2010 budget follows last year’s curtailed 2008-2009 non-contractual (exclusionary) tiered pay package, which among its features, also froze salaries for employees making more than $90,000. The tiered pay package and benefits give backs saved the County more than $700,000 in 2009. Directors and elected officials (all Freeholders and Constitutional Officers) were among those who also did not receive an increase in 2009. Additionally, there was a six-month salary deferral in 2008 for exclusionary employees, which also saved $580,000. All told, these employees will now have gone without raises for the past two and a half years, saving approximately $2.3 million.

“In these economic tough times, people need our programs and families need our activities,” Sullivan said, adding the County would continue to offer programs that assist those in need such as foreclosure help and jobs training assistance, as well as high quality services in its parks system that families have come to expect. Union County has also been diligent in pursuing grant and stimulus monies—generating well over $30 million this past year.

Typically,  the County begins its budgetary process in late January, when the County Manager sends his executive budget to the Freeholder Board, which then holds hearings before crafting a final budget.