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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Weisner Says Despite Economic Crisis, No Further Trimming of Labor Costs for City of Aurora and Will Give Raises to Public Employees

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner says there is still a fiscal crisis for Aurora, but that the pressures and revenue declines are "moderating" so instead of continuing to trim labor costs, his budget for 2012 will include no layoffs, furloughs and will instead give the majority of public employees raises on average of 2%.

"I am pleased to report for the first time in three years, the 2012 budget does not anticipate any non-voluntary personnel reductions.  These measures, while necessary in difficult economic times, reduce workforce effectiveness.  In addition, all non-bargaining employee groups and those bargaining groups with current contracts are projected to receive moderate pay increases - the majority will receive 2% increases.  Most non-bargaining unit employees have not received a pay increase since 2009" said Weisner in an internal memo on the 2012 budget.

Over the last three years, the City of Aurora has been forced to address spending and labor costs, due to severe budget shortfalls caused by increased spending and reduced revenue.

Taxpayers point out they have been hit with various tax and fee increases during this period and that even some of the revenue the city will receive in 2012 is due to the massive income tax increase by the State of Illinois.

Labor costs are about 80% of the total cost of city government.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aw screw the taxpayers they can afford it. Some of them are still working.

Anonymous said...

Tom makes a good SantaClaus, doesn't he? We elves make it and he gives it away....What a Dufus!

Anonymous said...

Dufus... Good one.

Anonymous said...

Let's get used to this...Dufus will get 4 more years easily! No one will run against him and most of the city council will lay silent. Lawrence will roar but he makes so much noise on every issue no one hears him anymore! He's blowharded his way to ineffective.

Anonymous said...

1:10 Why not criticize all of those who vote yes and agree with the Mayor, if you think he is so bad.
Whether you like Lawrence's approach or not he has been right every time he has voted against something. The project either failed or cost exactly what he said it would.
Don't blame Lawrence for the Mayor's bad policies and a lazy City Council

Anonymous said...

Let's give a healthy raise to Aurora Policemen and Aurora Firefighters. God knows they don't make enough. So what if a lot of people are unemployed or underemployed. Those people don't belong to the exclusive Club that is Aurora Civil Service. Membership does have it's privleges.

Anonymous said...

If the mayor believes there's plenty of money to give raises to public employees DURING a fiscal crisis, maybe he should reduce the fees and tax increases he's pushed.

Oh wait, didn't tommy just help increase tolls by 86% in his taxpayer-funded gig at the tollway board to reward unions and contractors?

This is the time to cut the fat from the city, not to go back to the bad habits.

Anonymous said...

I feel like war has been declared against the Taxpayer. It's Unions and Government vs. Average Joe just trying to make a living! Very disgusting!

Anonymous said...

Taxpayers had better wake up and smell the roses. Don't vote for anyone is office now. Period, cut and dried. I would rather have Miss or MIster Joe Blow in the elected offices than anyone in office now.

Anonymous said...

Weisner should turn his Tollroad salary back to the city. Aurora's mayor is set up as a full-time job. Any time Weisner spends on tollroad business is time away from his job without any reduction in pay form Aurora taxpayers.

City workers who receive pay for jury duty are expected to turn the money over to the city since they receive paid time off from the city while serving on the jury. Weisner should do the same and return his tollroad salary to the Aurora taxpayers that he was elected to serve.

Anonymous said...

Tommy must be running for mayor again in April, 2013. Have to try to appease all the city workers he alienated in the last four years. Just say no and vote him out! What happened to your cushy job with Quinn? Oh, he lies too, doesn't he?

Anonymous said...

Yes, he is running again. Did not vote for him any time he ran and will not vote for him again.

Anonymous said...

Congrats and thanks for the info 10:24! Thats AWESOME!!

Anonymous said...

Good for the employees I am happy for them. Ald Lawerance talks a big game but hasn't done anything. Actions speak louder than words. Spend less time banging on Kifowit and more time actually making changes. I hope weisner runs for 50 more years and gives Public Employees 10% pay raises every year. Rick (i'm a big talker) likes to read his name in the paper.

Anonymous said...

Any word on who is running against Weisner? Lawrence, Harrington, Lofchie, Matthews, Chapa La Via, Peters, O'Connor.

Does Lawrence have the backing with Vantrese gone; does he have the money? He doesn't seem to have that big a footprint in terms of a political organization. He has certain everyman appeal.

Chapa LaVia is damaged but not out and has a political organization behind her. She also can deliver good stump speeches and of course will capture the Hispanic vote.

Harrington has a knack for charming people and he is obviously ethically challenged, a real plus to many of the pay to play types who have run this community for years. He is excellent in debates.

Peters has mumbled more than once that he has people who want him to run. I can't imagine it as he barely held onto his ward. If not for huge slip up by Myles that turned people off he might have lost.

O'Connor has run before and has an inflated self image. He is a total tool which appeals to many who like pay to play. O'Connor thinks he is smarter than he is, he also is a very unappealing person. I cannot imagine him winning a debate against the likes of Chapa LaVia, Harrington, or Matthews.

Lofchie is all pay to play which appeals to many but he was soundly trounced. On the other hand he can probably get the money he needs by hitting up the successful people of his graduating class at Pepperdine. It is amazing this guy is a lawyer as he is rather a dullard and an inept public speaker. Even O'Connor would mop the floor with him in a debate.

Matthews has the money. He is an excellent debater. Perhaps a bit too smart for his own good at times. He has built some name recognition for himself.

End the Leisner regime reign of terror against the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

pleasssse!
revenue to the city is placed in various funds. the general fund, established to support the day to day operations, the fund thru which city employees are paid hardly represents total capitalization
employee cost are 80% of the general fund, not the budget

Anonymous said...

Actually this is probably 2 things. One, Weisner is trying to butter up the employees some. But primarily it's so he has an excuse to give raises to his personal staff -- you know, the 10 spokespersons, 20 chief whatever officers, 40 assistant/deputy whatever officers, etc.

Anonymous said...

It don't look too bad for certain City employees. One of which made around $145,000.00 in 2011. Even without raises and furlow days implemented . Didn't any one in the city finance dept catch this ? Penny wise and pound foolish.