Budget crisis results in Barberton layoffs

Mayor William Judge announced layoffs and reductions in city services in an effort to cover a budget deficit estimated to be as much as $4 million.

Judge said the move to lay off good, hard working people is the last thing he wanted to do and is a decision which was not taken lightly.

“I know layoffs will directly and negatively impact families, but we have no choice but to reduce our workforce and adjust city services to balance our budget,” the mayor stated.

“We looked exhaustively at all options for reducing costs, but because employee costs are the single largest expenditure in our budget, and due to current collective bargaining agreements, we have no choice but to reduce the number of employees,” said Judge. “I’m still willing to discuss alternatives to either avoid or reduce the number of layoffs, but our barging units need to consider some concessions, which they’ve rejected to this point. I’m still hopeful we can talk again and work this out.”

Certain union leaders have requested Judge to negotiate a bailout through the Barberton Community Foundation (BCF); however, the BCF’s code of regulations and policies prohibit the use of their funds for city personnel.

Judge said the loss of $1.5 million in local government funding from the State of Ohio, the loss of $1.3 million in income tax revenue as Babcock & Wilcox relocates to Akron and the carry over of last year’s $800,000 deficit is what led to the budget crisis.

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24 Comments

  1. whatta you mean? on January 31, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Bethany will fix it.

    • Gary reed on February 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      If your short you make cuts. Sucks but it is the same as running your house. Whats done is done. You people all on here bitching about things in the town. You want barberton to be better and more attractive. Stop littering. Stop slum lords…we need to demolish many homes and get a developer to to build row homes and condos. Most important thing to do is get rid of all AMHA. Nothing will change when we have amha. Look at other towns that have none or very little. Their great towns.

  2. Take a look on January 30, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Take a look at how much overtime money has been handed out in the past few years to Police and Firemen! Go ahead, I dare you!

  3. Beth Warren on January 30, 2019 at 8:24 am

    This is what happens when your town is only attractive to Sr. citizens. they have nothing to tax so you have no real tax base. Your not attracting any real jobs to the community. Jimmy johns isn’t going to pay the bills. Want to help Barberton and are over the age of 70? Ever heard of Ubasute?

    • FayeFaye on January 30, 2019 at 9:05 am

      We’re supposed to take our elderly and abandon them on a mountain? There’s reasons why the practice of Ubasute has been outlawed in Japan. What kind of monster even suggests this?

      • Beth Warren on January 31, 2019 at 11:39 am

        if they cared about this planet, let alone this city, they would do it without being asked. Someone who isnt scared of the truth because its unpleasant.

    • Point is? on January 30, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Do you have an accurate age breakdown for the whole city population? If so, I’d like to see that.

      • Homey on January 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm

        And the 4 nursing homes/assisted living don’t count.

      • Beth Warren on January 31, 2019 at 11:36 am

        it wont let me post links, google is your friend. try neighborhoodscout i compared canton, akron, wadsworth, norton, barberton and guess who has the highest % of 65+?

  4. Magic City Supporter on January 30, 2019 at 6:48 am

    if our city offers 25%-50% tax abatements to any new outside businesses moving into our town, will that help the city budget?

  5. Wayne on January 29, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Does the city of Barberton have a yearly business plan. Is the mayor committed to developing new business and higher paying jobs. Take all politics out of city hall and focus on what is needed for the city. Quit voting by party and vote for who will put Barberton first.

  6. triska on January 29, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    well if we weren’t spending money on a new justice center etc…… hmmmmmm
    let’s scrap that project and resell the property!!!! recoup some money huh?
    and I guess I won’t be charged anymore for storm sewer,
    that usually has 2 foot weeds growing in them,
    street lights, that Edison maintains, not city and the invisible
    mosquito trucks in summer… that won’t be tended to
    because of personnel cuts ….. right?
    stop the narcan EMS runs! that’ll save some money.
    why don’t the City get off their seats and find new
    Businesses to fill the tax void? don’t take it out
    on the hard working little people…hmm sounds familiar

  7. The wonderer on January 29, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I wonder which city department the lay offs will hit? Streets? City Building?

  8. Janet McKenzie on January 29, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    We do have a purple RV which I have never seen. Seems like he is raising money by adding fees to our water bill
    He needs to go

    • Magic City Supporter on January 30, 2019 at 6:45 am

      I agreed

  9. Kathy Wladyczak on January 29, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    The BCF funds were never supposed to be used for operating expenses.

  10. Josef Mengele on January 29, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Equally pathetic is the mayor not having the balls to man up and accept some responsibility.

    Every point made as rationale for this is BLAME SOMEONE ELSE.

    the state. B&W, etc.

    Man up.

    • Pete on January 30, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Hummm, sounds familiar!

  11. Heinrich Himmler on January 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    If anybody is surprised by this than your dumber then he is. They had plenty of money to buy the old carryout buy rallys and demo it to build another money pit. The roads are an absolute joke, atrocity. There is potholes that I can swim in… and I am obese!…

    No surprise that “prime” spot next ti chipotle is STILL open… who is stupid enough to take it. The city is a disgrace, I actually feel bad for the police because they are doing their best.

    Robbery at papa John’s. Lowlifes pushing stolen shopping carts all over town. Heroin and homeless as common as bad Yelp reviews in barberton.

    Never in my life have I seen an intersection where you turn left and the median is on your right (turning left towards Kmart… I bet that’s the only one in the United states.

    And some of you people. Can you please stop going 20 over down residential streets?

  12. G.O.P. on January 29, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Time for Republicans to start taking over this town!

    • Jokes on January 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      Yeah, that’ll help…

      • G.O.P. on January 29, 2019 at 7:17 pm

        Better than DemoCRAPS!

    • Fiezel on January 29, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      I can appreciate bashing the liberal scumbags as much as the next conservative, but if you dont say something substantive you’re just making a fool of us (Republicans)

    • Fiezel on January 29, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      Also… I dont think even a Republican can fix barberton…

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