The City Council this week voted to implement a hiring freeze. There's only three positions open now, including that of fire chief. Otherwise, the freeze won't apply to essential police officer and firefighter positions, so it's more like a hiring chill than an all-out freeze.
The city is trying to close a $5 million gap in its current operating budget. Personnel costs account for 76 percent of the city's budget.
Do you agree with the hiring chill decision? How else should Naperville look to cut costs from its current budget. As it begins the process of discussing the 2009-10 budget, where should the city look to cut costs in the future?