MACEDONIA — In the midst of a pandemic and anticipated lost income tax revenue, the city is looking to cut costs, starting with layoffs at the Macedonia Family Recreation Center.
"The Rec Center is now closed," Mayor Nick Molnar said in a video posted on the city’s Facebook page on Friday. "Obviously this happened around three weeks ago and unfortunately as a result of that, we had to lay off the recreation center staff. There is nothing more near and dear to my heart than the employees of this city and that was a very difficult thing for us to do, but with that facility not being open and us relying on income tax dollars, it did not make sense to keep the employees working there when the facility was closed."
Molnar said lost revenue is currently projected at $3.5 million and the city is looking for other ways to cut costs.
"What’s that mean for the rest of the city employees? We are making more difficult decisions," said Molnar. "We have to make up for these losses because we have to keep our services whole. We are looking at a lot of different things right now that we can do to keep us whole. But I will tell you and I will vow to all of you that the number one thing with my administrations right now is the safety forces will be kept whole. Safety forces being fire, police and service employees."
Molnar said his administration is working with city unions on unspecified "changes" to save money.
"I don’t want to get to the point where we don’t have money in the hopper to pay our employees so we’re making those changes now to try and address the losses we know will be forthcoming," said Molnar.
Molnar could not immediately be reached for additional information and comment.
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