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Commissioners’ veto of Lake County Council attrition ordinance will likely stand

Updated: January 8, 2013 6:26AM



Lake County Council members likely will not call for a vote to override a Board of Commissioners’ veto of an attrition ordinance that would return half the pay of an eliminated position to other workers in that department.

Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, sponsored the ordinance approved by the County Council during the budget process this year that would have given departments the opportunity to cut unneeded positions or unfilled vacancies and benefit from the savings.

Under the ordinance, half of the revenue saved would have been returned to the general fund and the other half could be used by the department to provide raises for remaining employees since they would be doing the work of the eliminated position.

Commissioners vetoed the measure calling it unfair to some of the county’s smaller departments and the workers there. Some departments, they said, have so few employees they would not be able to cut a position and it is unfair their employees would not be able to get raises.

Cid said she did not think she would have the votes to get the veto overturned on Tuesday. Council President Jerome Prince, D-Gary, and Councilwoman Elsie Franklin, D-Gary, are not expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting. It is also unclear if the Republican replacement for former councilman and new state Rep. Rick Neimeyer will be in attendance.

“I may just have to let it go,” Cid said. The ordinance would have to be approved by Dec. 31.

Councilman Ted Bilski, D-Hobart, stood behind the ordinance.

“It’s not fair to not give some people raises either,” Bilski said.



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