From the Herald News:
The Passaic County freeholders voted Thursday to begin a process that could culminate in 200 to 300 county employees losing their jobs and the county golf course being sold.
The move sparked outrage – dozens of golfers and county employees, mostly sheriff’s officers, filled the freeholder meeting room and threw barbs during the public portion of the meeting.
The freeholders voted 5-1-1 for the resolution, one of two possibilities to bail the county out of a $33 million budget shortfall. The other resolution proposed retaining the golf course and laying off between 700 and 750 employees.
But even with the layoffs and likely sale of the golf course to the Passaic County Improvement Authority, the freeholders will need to raise the tax levy the maximum amount allowed by law — roughly $18 million for a 7.7 percent increase.
County Administrator Anthony De Nova now has the authority to begin giving provisional employees two weeks’ notice that they will be laid off. The county has not yet determined the exact number of provisional employees because some hold posts both as provisional and civil service employees.