A reckoning could be in store for the Norfolk County workforce during January’s 2021 budget deliberations.
Due, in part, to the hardship imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Norfolk council has asked senior staff to prepare a draft budget with a zero increase in operational spending.
Achieving this, according to staff, would require eliminating more than 50 full-time jobs for total savings of $4 million. Details on how this might be achieved were to be presented to council this week.
Norfolk CAO Jason Burgess prepared the county’s 700-plus workforce for the discussion to come with a communiqué on Dec. 4.
“The severity of this budget crisis would be difficult at any time,” he says. “But when you consider that COVID-19 has disrupted the global economy and many people are struggling with business failures and layoffs, this is a difficult time to further burden the taxpayer.
“It is clear that significant changes are required. Council provided budgetary guidance of a zero levy increase and a two per cent capital reserve increase to help with our infrastructure gap.