Village Manager James Ten Hoeve reported during Wednesday’s Village Council Work Session that a $421K deficit currently exists in the 2009 Village Operating Budget. The deficit had reached almost $600K, but was reduced through budget cuts and controlled spending.
Mr. Ten Hoeve indicated that Village unions have rejected his proposal to forgo their 2009 negotiated salary increases. However, despite this setback, he feels the Village may be able to balance the budget without “furloughing” employees.
Two ideas discussed as possible sources of revenue were: 1) increasing parking meter rates and changing the time period in which metered rates are in effect; and, 2) eliminating medical benefits for part time Village of Ridgewood employees.
The only potential cut in municipal services mentioned during Wednesday evening’s meeting was a reduction in, or elimination of, rear yard refuse pick up.