Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2011 10:23:46 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Residents can take a look at the proposed city budget today when it is published for public viewing.

The draft budget will be available on the city’s website and at the A.K. Smiley Public Library. The proposal outlines how the city manager and City Council budget subcommittee plan to fill the roughly $3.9 million gap the city faces in the upcoming fiscal year.

“It is a budget with a certain amount of pain,” said Councilman Jerry Bean, who served on the subcommittee along with Gardner. “The budget is balanced but that doesn’t necessarily mean all the council members agree on what is proposed, so I would expect there to be discussion on some of the individual items that are in it.”

The proposal includes 19 layoffs, eliminating all contract tree trimming, reducing the vehicle-purchase budgets for the Police and Fire Departments, closing City Hall between Christmas and New Year’s and reducing expenditures, among other cuts.

“We hope the public understands this is because of a lack of revenue,” Bean said.

Mayor Pete Aguilar said the cuts-only budget is the result of voters defeating a proposed sales tax increase in November and some of the city’s employee unions refusing a universal proposal for all employees to contribute to their retirement.

“This is painful however we’re going to get through this but we are committed to providing a balanced budget,” Aguilar said.

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