Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Luzerne County is up against the wall

“Ask Mr. McGarry if Sam Guesto is an essential employee.” Luzerne County Commissioner Steve Urban

It's for real this time. Since Judge Ann Lokuta wouldn't agree to the county's plea to borrow yet even more money just to meet payroll an axe will have to fall. All the Row officers said they would help trim the expenses the rest of the year but now Clerk of Courts Bob Reilly speaking for all the Row Officers claims that they have cut to the bone and warn that services will be interrupted. And the President Judge Mark Ciavarella through his mouthpiece Paul McGarry still threatens to sue if Commissioner Chairwoman Maryanne Petrilla tries to lay off court personnel.

The worst case scenerio:

.The layoff of 20 percent to 30 percent of workers in each office.
• Temporary closure of “nonessential,” or non-mandated, offices.
• Closing the entire courthouse the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
• Downgrading to a three-day work week for the rest of the year.

From the comments:


I see in today's Citizens Voice Legal Notice section of the paper the County is going to borrow 4 Million Dollars and no one knows about it..I have attended all the County Meetings and this was not on the agenda at all..this is in addition to the 5.3 Million that I fought about in Court..This County is out of control and I will be surprised if they ever get control of the spending with this type of mindset.

Walter Griffith Jr


kar said...

Layoffs are not fun for anyone, and there is never a good time for them, but the commossioners are supposed to act in a fiscally responsible manner.

The private sector has to balance revenue against expenditures and adjust staffing, county government, all government,should be compelled to operate in the same manner.

Luzerne county has been putting off the tough decisions for years, and apparently they have reached the end of the road.

The party is over.

Anonymous said...

I hope the layoffs start with the smart ass security guards,

Anonymous said...

Petrilla is now worried that she is going to piss off the unions that supported her. This nervous hag doesn't have guts to layoff let alone fire anyone. She's not going to do it.

Remember that this bitch is for Obama too.