|Exec John Brown and supporters|
1) Does the Executive plan 800 lay-offs, or any lay-offs at all? Response to part 1: "NO" Response to part 2: "We are currently working on our first phase of the budget process. In 2012 Northampton County ran 18M over revenue, in 2013 it was 14M over revenue, the 2014 budget is at 18M over revenue. We need to break the habitual spending habit and examine all possibilities and create a balanced budget without the use of reserve funds. Since we are only in the first phase of the 2015 budget process it is too soon to highlight any specific changes."
2) Have 90 workers put in for retirement this year? "NO. In 2011 we had 81 in 2012 we had 67 in 2013 we had 76 and year to date amount for 2014 is 52."
3) What can you share about union negotiations? "I can not discuss current union negotiations, as we are still in the process."
4) Won't a change in the accrula [I meant accrual] rate have a detrimental impact on pensions? "We are currently fact checking the information you provided and will get back to you on this question."