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Township Employees to Receive Layoff Notices Monday

Previously discussed layoffs would take effect after Jan. 1.

Most of Galloway Township's employees, including the entire police department, will receive a layoff notice on Monday, Sept. 10, NBC 10 first reported Friday night, Sept. 7. Receiving a layoff notice doesn't necessarily mean an employee will be laid off, Mayor Don Purdy told NBC 10.

All employees are receiving the notices, with the exception of statutory employees.

Layoffs were first discussed during the , shortly after Arch Liston took over as Township Manager. Employees have been for the last two years, and the most recent round of employee furloughs ended last Friday, Aug. 31.

“Furloughs were a great concept when we needed to cut costs and we thought the economy would recover,” Liston said during a budget workshop earlier this year. “That hasn’t happened.”

Employees were first furloughed two years ago, after an initial notice of possible layoffs, such as the one that is expected to be issued Monday. At that time, the township and the police department, and two officers were laid off.

Employees received mandatory furloughs, but later won a after those furloughs were extended. As part of the agreement, employees agreed not to take back wages. They agreed to 12 furlough days in 2012 in exchange for not having to worry about layoffs.

That agreement expires Dec. 31.

john ingersoll September 08, 2012 at 01:01 PM
So basicly , no more furloughs because the employees fought that and Won , getting back pay in the process . So because the employees fought that and Won , they're can be no more furloughs , so the township now will begin laying off employees . To those who fought the furloughs and Won , Don't you think being ' furloughed ' is better than being layed off ???
Jill Morocco September 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Please read and understand the article before you make comments.
Shawn G September 08, 2012 at 05:08 PM
So Mr. Liston. Furloughs do not work because the enconomy hasn't recovered? Why are other cities not doing the same then and laying off employees. Please do not insult me as a tax payer. Other cities and businesses with the exception of some local casinos have recovered. Please do not blame your incompetance on the economy. Offical after offical Galloway just cant get their act together. Now people like me that pay $7,000 a year in taxes must worrry about the safety of my family and home. Disgraceful!
john ingersoll September 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Please read and understand the article , before making any comments about my comment !
tintonfallsretiree September 08, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I don't know how else to explain it but there are virtually next to no services left to cut in the township. The residents get next to nothing for the $5,000 in taxes they pay. The township needs to tell the public school system to stop sucking up 63% of Galloway Township's residents tax bill. That would be the first solution. Overall, it seems that the public works department along with the police department will be hit the hardest by this. But the chances of the whole PD and everyone else being laid off is 1% at best.
Our town September 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Scheeler is correct. Just like his blog has shown. This group is responsible for law suit after lawsuit. I'm sure these layoffs will result in others. Purdy is more concerned with getting his name in the papers than treating the employees fairly. The employees didn't get paid for the court mandated return to work either, they agreed to just return to work from the illegal furlough that council tried before. They also agreed to 12 furlough days on their own to help bridge this gap. Meanwhile council did nothing to fix this permanently so now they have no choice but layoff and cut essential services. Have no fear though. Purdy won't cut his precious police department. They control his towing business. So the streets will remain safe. In fact last year Purdy gave them more money in their budget. Galloway needs permanent solutions to their budget problems. Solutions that are not achievable by the brains that are in the decision making positions. Bassford may have been slow but at least he didn't have the town sued. Hartman may have had personal problems at the time but at least he had solutions and a brain.
Our town September 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
What the article doesn't tell you is that they have squandered the school tax money waiting for a rebound in the economy. Yes, they borrow from the schools to cover short falls in operating expenses waiting for the economy to recover. Does anyone think the real estate market will recover anytime soon. Most experts say 7-10 years. These clowns thought they could do it for the past 2 years and the taxpayer would never know. Unfortunately neither party has a bench of people with ideas or solutions that will help so buckle up Galloway taxpayers.
Randapunk Merced September 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Absolutely correct. I lived in Galloway for 30 years and seen the abuse of power mismanagement fiscal misappropriation and cronyism . It's come home to roost. Now the tax payer will pay..again

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