Salary freeze proposal to prevent layoffs rejected in Berrien County

A deal to prevent lay-offs for hundreds of county employees in Berrien County is turned down.

Recently Berrien County Administrators offered to keep all of their employees next year if the unions agreed to salary freezes.

County Administrator Bill Wolf is predicting a four million dollar budget shortfall next year.

He guaranteed no layoffs for the nine county unions. Only three of the unions voted in favor of the proposal.

“I think it’s very safe for me to tell you that there will be layoffs in Berrien County and more importantly from the taxpayers perspective we will have to look at the programs and services we offer and there will be noticeable decline in that,” says Wolf.

It’s too soon to say what services or programs will be affected by the cuts.

Wolf says they've already lost about 60 county workers in the past few years.

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