County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced the personnel plan for the 2017 budget. Onondaga County offered all retirement eligible employees a retirement incentive plan as one of the ways to close a budget deficit for 2017. Due to the timing of the plan, the Onondaga County Legislature approved salary savings in the 2017 budget asking for the specific plan to be delivered after the sign up period for the retirement incentive closed. This plan will be presented to the Onondaga County Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee at its Monday, October 31st meeting.
“The retirement incentive was very successful,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “It struck the right balance between our employees and the rest of Onondaga County taxpayers. It was a tough budget year. This plan reflects difficult decisions and keeps the county on firm footing going forward.”
205 employees opted into the Retirement Incentive Plan for savings of $8.4m in the general fund. The success of the retirement incentive reduced the number of potential layoffs but unfortunately 13 employee layoffs will be necessary.
All departments, including all elected officials, are impacted. The Onondaga County Legislature will review the plan and a vote will be taken at its November 7th session.