Budget Crunch Effects Kick In
The foreclosure notice was for one of 15 employees who lost their jobs last week. A second round of layoffs is predicted. Other employees were pushed out of jobs they held for years due to "bumping rights" that meant they had to be shifted to other divisions. The City Clerk's office lost experienced staffers at one of the worst possible times, as the office will be gearing up for the school board election, primary election and the annual liquor license renewal process, In addition, the clerk's office now has the duty of sorting City Hall mail.
This writer received an e-mail saying the Plainfield League of Women Voters can no longer meet on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainfield Public Library, as the library must close at 5 p.m. for budgetary reasons. Usually, several meeting rooms are busy that night. In addition, the Barack Obama Green Charter School has advertised board of trustees meetings on the third Thursday of each month, but will now have to regroup. Other organizations may also be affected by the early closing.
As time goes by, more and more effects will be experienced by the public and city employees alike. Those involved in the 2011 budget planning process need to hear about the scope of the effects of current budget cuts as they become known.