Menomonee Falls lays off eight public works employees

May 29, 2012

The village of Menomonee Falls laid off eight, full-time public works employees last week in what the village says was preparation for shortfalls in the 2013 budget and fiscal year.

The layoffs of street and utility workers that occurred May 22 were a reduction-in-force and were due to declining revenues, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.

Six workers were paid out of the general fund and two were utility employees. By the end of next week, the village is consolidating the public works facilities and closing down the office currently located on Water Street.

"By centralizing, eliminating facilities and ultimately centralizing management and supervision, we expect that we will be able to absorb issues and not reduce any service," Fitzgerald said.

Public works employees in the general fund are supported by the tax levy, which has limitations set by the revenue freeze and declining state revenues, Fitzgerald said. The utility workers were laid off due to the nongrowth economy and revenue losses in utilities. The two positions will be absorbed in the village and Fitzgerald said residents will not see or feel any changes as a result of the layoffs.

"It's a financial issue," Fitzgerald said. "We're moving in this direction as a financial reorganization and structure."

The village is saving $700,000 annually as a result of the layoffs. Menomonee Falls staff will begin to build the 2013 budget in July, with public discussions beginning in fall.

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