Friday, March 26, 2010

More staff layoffs being considered

The city council will meet tomorrow morning at a second budget workshop this month. With another major budget deficit on the horizon, the council will need to consider more deep cuts.

The city is preparing its 2011-12 budget and city officials estimate a $2.75 million budget shortfall over the next 2 years.

According to the staff report for tomorrow's meeting, about 20 staff jobs, both full and part time positions, could be eliminated. Among those recommended by the city manager are an economic development officer, city planners, a senior engineer, a community improvement officer, groundskeepers, tree trimmers and more.

According to the report, the cuts could save the city $1,083,727 in 2011 and $1,699,343 in 2012, leaving the city with a deficit of $750,299. Staff recommends dipping into the General Fund reserve to cover the remaining deficit.

You may remember that the city already cut about 15 percent of its workforce last year due to budget problems.

Tomorrow's meeting will take place at the city council chamber from 8 a.m. to noon. It is open to the public.

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