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Waukesha Mayor Calls for Employee Layoffs

Jeff Scrima calls idea “a plan and solution that we all can be proud of.”

in an e-mail sent to members of the Common Council, is recommending the city layoff 17 employees to balance the 2012 budget with a tax freeze.

When Scrima’s proposal to implement a $136 garbage fee in addition to property taxes was shot down by members of the Finance Committee, the Common Council is looking to find ways to cut spending. Scrima had pushed for employees, who took a pay freeze in 2010 while increasing payments toward benefits in their current contract, to pay more toward health care and into their pensions.

Scrima noted in his e-mail that a bill signed by Gov. Scott Walker allows municipalities to modify compensation and benefits in existing contracts without canceling a bargaining unit’s contract. City union employees are under contract until the end of 2012.

“We could then take the next 90 days under this bill to seek an agreement on a compromise with employees and bargaining units, and if such a compromise is reached the 17 employees that were laid off could be hired back,” Scrima wrote to the aldermen. “For a plan and solution that we all can be proud of!”

solutions please November 11, 2011 at 08:01 PM
For the context of Waukesha's budget gap see: http://www.ci.waukesha.wi.us/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=9fffcf37-19a9-44f2-9e4b-eec7c51977e8&groupId=10113 Increasing taxes and avoiding perminent lay-offs could both be avoided under this new legislation (AB 319). Therefore the mayor's suggestion to council is a good one!
Sarah Wonderiling November 11, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Let's start here. Lay off the "mayor". He has lied to us. His "very smart people" aren't. What will be his next campaign slogan "I lied to you, but trust me about giving back 1/2 of MY salary.
Laura November 11, 2011 at 09:54 PM
I think the writer above meant to say: Increasing taxes and permanent lay-offs could both be avoided under this new legislation (AB 319).   I agree. This is a fair and reasonable solution.
John November 11, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Hey "Wonderunderling," be careful what you wish for, the mayor may come out and surprise you with generous public donations. Besides, just who is the Common Council listening to? The mayor has laid out several solutions and does not want any tax increase. The homeowners do not want to see any increase on their property tax bills this year. Just who is the Common Council listening to?
Ron Kading November 12, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, the easiest thing to do is throw daily personal insults at the Mayor and hide behind a phoney name. Nothing ever is gets done by being negative. Why do we not hear any suggestions from you on how to deal with the budget? I have even a better idea, if you are so unhappy with our elected Mayor, why don't you put your name on the ballot next election? The Mayor deserves our support for the benefit of all the citizens. His proposals will keep ALL city employess working and keep city services at the level we are used to getting. Oh by the way, Sarah, the Mayor does donate half of his pay to a foundation to benefit the City of Waukesha. When you see what is in the works with that money you will be surprised!
Hawthorne Elementary November 12, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Why don't our aldermen come up with a solution to not raise taxes? Where is Alderman Pieper on this? Surely he has the common sense and backbone to not raise taxes.
clearthinker November 12, 2011 at 03:07 AM
I would suggest that alderperson Pieper has already shown his interest in raising the taxes on all of us $54 per year. We have not heard much either from alderperson Ybarra. Could a solution be that they are both attempting to build a record that they will use when they run for mayor? I would suggest that these leaders of the council actually step up and lead!
Dean November 12, 2011 at 03:14 PM
The Mayor is now scrambling because he originally wanted to raise what I pay to the City by $136 a year. Alderman Pieper is my Alderman, and I would say that he has far more common sense and backbone than the Mayor does. By the way, when the same talking points show up in every Patch article comments, and in Sound Off, most of us can figure out what's going on. If you're going to run PR for the Mayor, you might want to mix it up a bit.
clearthinker November 12, 2011 at 05:12 PM
Dean: Like many you seem to be suffering from SDR(Scrima Derangement Syndrome).My comment is that we have seen a lack of creative thought from anyone except Scrima. I disagreed vehemently with the garbage tax so I am not carrying any water for the mayor. BTW, I am also impressed by the lack of solutions from Ald. Francour "queen of the council".
Cindy November 12, 2011 at 06:47 PM
What is needed is legislation that would give Waukesha and other cities the tools they need to deal with the decrease in state aid. This would have to included police and fire contributing to their pension as well. Protective services account for 65% of the cities workforce yet they are the only group not required to contribute towards their pension. Give the municipalities the tools they need!
Passenger November 12, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Yeah, the mayor seems to be the only one presenting solutions in order to not raise taxes.  http://www.ci.waukesha.wi.us/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=9fffcf37-19a9-44f2-9e4b-eec7c51977e8&groupId=10113 Is the common council even listening to the people who elected them?  Don't they see the economy we are in and how Waukesha taxpaying families have to get by with less. Now we'll see exactly where each council member stands.

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