EDISON – Nine positions in the township’s Department of Public Works, including one that is currently vacant, will be eliminated effective Jan. 31, Mayor Antonia Ricigliano announced Friday. Two addition positions will be eliminated effective Feb. 7.
The moves are being made to reduce expenses and meet the new state requirement to limit budget increases to no more than two percent, according to Ricigliano.
Ricigliano said, “I am saddened that this action will be a burden and hardship to ten of our employees and their families, but we are left with no choice but to make the difficult decisions in the interest of all of the taxpayers of Edison”.
The move will save approximately $600,000 in 2011, according to the mayor.
Recycling pickups will be reduced to once per month beginning in February because of the staff reductions in the Department of Public Works.
Ricigliano urged the Township Council to authorize Edison’s participation in the State Health Benefits Plan, saying it would help save money.
“The delay has already cost Edison about $1,200,000 in savings for CY 2011. We cannot waste more time and tax dollars. Continued inaction will ensure further layoffs of our employees,” the mayor asserted.
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