I put a question mark because last year at this time they were talking about cutting pay, and that didn’t happen either. Only time will tell.
Without downsizing the city’s workforce, balancing the budget for next year would be nearly impossible, city officials said last week.
It is too soon to tell how many city employees will be affected, City Manager Dan O’Leary said during the first budget meeting of the year.
“Citywide I don’t know how many positions we are talking about,” he said. “We are going to go out through the whole organization and look at every position and see if there are things we can combine or see if there are things we can move around and see where it is we can reduce.”
The city is facing a projected $1.3 million deficit for 2010-11 and about $586,000 of the general fund is made up of personnel cost, O’Leary said.
“We’ve pretty much languished here for a couple of years with a pretty flat budget,” O’Leary said. “There is this feeling out there that we can’t continue to just languish like this for a number of years because it is like bleeding to death — it is not a fast and quick death, but a slow death.”
The 2010-11 budget goals presented by O’Leary last week included reducing the general fund expenditures below the previous year’s levels, downsizing the organization with minimal service level reduction, no tax rate increases and investing in increased compensation for remaining employees.