Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/03/2012 09:51:27 PM PDT
UPLAND – The city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee has recommended that the City Council adopt the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, which includes layoffs in the Police Department and cuts to services.
“It’s sad that we’re at this point because we can’t get people to come to their senses and see the whole picture,” said Councilwoman Debbie Stone, a member of the committee.
“I understand everybody’s reason. It’s not easy. It’s not fun, but I hope that in the really, really near future that we can come to the table and we can come to some agreement so that we can quit laying off every time we turn around or lose services to the community.”
Council members on June 25 adopted a resolution to continue the current fiscal year’s funding until they could consider the proposed budget at next Monday’s meeting.
Adoption of the 2012-13 budget was postponed past the July 1 deadline in order to allow staffers more time to develop the proposed budget.
City Manager Stephen Dunn in May asked council members to give him direction on how to fill a $3.3 million budget gap.
The council agreed to borrow about $1 million in water funds to use toward legal costs and asked department heads to find $2.3 million in cuts.
However, the council gave employee groups until June 1 to agree to a salary freeze as well as either a 10 percent salary cut or pay the employee portion of their pension in order to avoid layoffs and cuts.
None of the city’s seven employee groups have agreed to the concessions, said Stephanie Mendenhall, the city’s administrative services director.
“There was an attempt by police and fire to accommodate that request, but, unfortunately, it was not without a request for extensions to contracts or longer contract terms,” Mendenhall said.
“There was another group that also concurred with the council’s action of having each department absorb its obligations. It was receptive to the idea of providing any concessions.”
The cuts include the elimination of 12 positions in the Police Department, which is expected to save the city $1.5 million.
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