More layoffs likely
March 14, 2011 5:30 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • “Severe” cuts will be needed to balance the city’s budget this summer, a staff report states, with Victorville facing an estimated $8.4 million deficit and only $2.2 million in reserve funds available to help close the gap.

That will very likely mean further layoffs for a city staff that’s already shrunk by one-third over four years, with roughly 200 people who’ve been laid off, encouraged into retirement or resigned without their positions being filled.

Spokeswoman Monica Petersen said any cuts will be up to the City Council during a budget review scheduled for discussion starting tonight.

But before the city can tackle the looming budget gap that’s anticipated for the 2011-12 fiscal year, staff is asking to pull more money from Victorville’s dwindling reserve fund to make it through the last three months of this fiscal year.

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