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Hours after York Mayor Kim Bracey outlined her proposal to dramatically reduce the city’s work force, including deep cuts to public safety forces, in order to close an anticipated $7 million budget gap, public backlash began.
“I’m ashamed for the city,” said James Waughtel during public comment at a City Council meeting Tuesday night, calling the potential loss of police and fire personnel “extremely devastating.”
POTTSTOWN, PA — Pottstown Memorial Medical Center has confirmed that business operations for the hospital and several others owned by Community Health Systems will be consolidated in Easton, moving 30 jobs there.
Hospital spokeswoman Debra Bennis provided the following statement after The Mercury contacted her seeking confirmation of a tip: “Providing patients with quality health care while operating an efficient organization is one of our top priorities. To keep hospital resources focused on our patients, we are moving our business office functions to a centralized, external office in Easton. This transition will also enhance operational efficiencies through technological advances for scheduling appointments. All 30 affected employees are being offered a position with the central business office or another area of our hospital. We value these individuals and appreciate the professionalism they bring to our organization.”
A business office worker who contacted The Mercury, and whose name has been withheld, said the office workers were gathered into a meeting Sept. 11 during which the hospital’s CEO and CFO informed them of the change.
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The Daniel Boone School Board didn’t waste time in deciding Monday to shutter Amity Primary Center, but spent more than an hour discussing other budget-related moves with little progress.
Several residents expressed frustration about the slow-moving budget discussion, noting that the same cuts have been on the table since December.
“It just seems like we don’t make decisions,” resident Rich Martino said. “We push it off meeting after meeting and now we’re up against a deadline and I don’t know if we’re going to make the right decision.”
The board will vote on a tentative $52.45 million budget next week.