Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/12/2010 06:29:01 PM PST

CLAREMONT – A budget workshop this week tried to inform residents and officials about the city’s finances – but a big question was left unanswered.

“No one knows if we’re going to have cuts or not,” City Manager Jeff Parker said.

City department heads are assembling their budgets and are anticipating a deficit.

“That’s probably due to an increased cost in the insurance area with a potential of we don’t know,” Parker said. “We won’t know until May.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have his state budget revision in May.

“That’s when we’re going to figure out if they come after local government money or not,” Parker said.

The 2009-10 budget is about $42.5 million, officials said. The general fund had $20 million in revenue and expenditures.

The city and employees have worked to reduce benefits, implement a hiring freeze and streamline operations.

The city has also had to deal with $2 million in decreased revenues. As a result, they have had to cut programs, lay off employees, reduce the work week and cut employee pay by 5 percent.

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