Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley wants to reopen Lambton’s budget to find ways to cut spending.
In an email to Lambton Warden Mayor Bill Weber, Bradley says the budget should be reopened as local governments deal with the financial impact of COVID-19.
Summer employment should be cut, unless it is essential, he says, and that no vacant positions be filled in 2020 unless they are essential.
Bradley also wants staff report back on other ways to save dollars as Canadians face economic uncertainty..
Weber says there are savings already. Cultural services employees are laid off. And he says some of the measures
Bradley suggested, including a hiring freeze and filling only essential positions, are already in place.
Normally 34 students are hired, this year only 18 have been offered positions, he says.
“I agree. We need to tighten our belts. I don’t believe that we need to re-open the budget,” Weber wrote.