September 22, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

City Manager Proposes Budget Reductions

City Manager Greg Burris today outlined a a series of recommended budget reductions to address a first-quarter deficit of about $1 million for the City’s new fiscal year.

Burris told the City Council that the first-quarter General Fund budget shortfall totals $1,042,541. The shortfall is linked to a $992,541, or 9.75 percent, decline in sales tax revenue for the first quarter of the City’s fiscal year, along with a reduction of about $50,000, or 6 percent, in the payments in lieu of taxes that City Utilities makes to the City.

Burris said one of his top priorities was to hold public-safety personnel as harmless as possible from the budget reductions because there are currently 31 frozen police positions and 18 frozen fire positions. None of the budget reductions in the Police or Fire departments will affect their staffing levels or increase the risk to public-safety employees on the job.

The City Council is expected to hold first reading at its Oct. 12 meeting on a budget adjustment to reduce actual departmental budgets now rather than making the traditional overall budget adjustment at the end of the fiscal year.

The reductions include:

For more information, contact: City Manager Greg Burris, 864-1006.

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