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Lake Zurich may have to lay off 30+ staffers
By Russell Lissau | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 3/8/2010 3:31 PM | Updated: 3/8/2010 7:21 PM

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A projected $2.7 million budget shortfall could force Lake Zurich officials to lay off 30 or more employees, Mayor Suzanne Branding said Monday.

The firings could be avoided, Branding said, if the labor unions representing village workers agree to wage concessions. Officials are starting talks with the unions now, she said.

If salary cuts can't be made, the layoffs could affect every village department, Branding said.

Branding's admission comes as village leaders are planning the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins May 1.

The village board is expected to approve the budget in April.

Officials are predicting the village will collect about $38 million in taxes, fees and other revenue, but spend abut $40.7 million.

Branding hopes to balance those figures before the budget is approved.

That could mean layoffs or other cuts, she said.

"Everything's out there," she said. "There are no sacred cows."

Trustees and other village leaders discussed the proposed budget Saturday and will do so again before the April vote.

The next budget session hasn't been scheduled yet, Branding said.

Lincolnshire, Mundelein, Wauconda, Fox Lake and Antioch are among the Lake County communities that have had to let workers go in recent years because of the economy.