Cumberland County freeholders plan to lay off 55 more employees and take other money-saving steps to balance their budget, county officials said.
Freeholders voted Thursday to begin laying groundwork for the job cuts, in addition to 11 already approved, and county officials said Friday they plan to eliminate benefits of nonunion, part-time employees, including those of two freeholders. County officials also said they plan to initiate multiple unpaid furlough days for county workers.
The county faces a $3 million budget gap in order to maintain the tax rate without an increase, county officials said. The county employs more than 1,050 people, but layoffs would come from a pool of less than 400 who are not deemed to be essential services.
"If we all work together, we can lessen the regrettable reduction in services and painful impact of job loss," Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu said.