Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/09/2012 11:16:03 PM PDT
UPLAND – Council members have adopted the city’s 2012-13 fiscal year budget, which includes cuts in services and layoffs in the Police Department.
The City Council in June had postponed the adoption of the budget – whose fiscal year started July 1 – to allow staffers more time to negotiate with employee groups on concessions.
In the past, the city has asked staffers to trim their budgets to avoid impacts on services and employees, Councilman Brendan Brandt said.
“But I think this is one of those years, based on a lot of factors including a down economy and a decrease in property and sales tax, that makes it a very austere budget – a budget that we don’t like passing along, but we also have an obligation to pass a balanced budget without taking money out of our reserves to pay for ongoing expenses,” Brandt said.
Council members approved the budget at their Monday night meeting.
City Manager Stephen Dunn asked council members in May 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 be used 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 and either a 10 percent salary cut or to pay the employee portion of their pension in order to avoid the layoffs and cuts.
None of the city’s seven employee groups have agreed to the concessions, although police and fire groups did made offers that were rejected by council members.
The council also agreed to amend benefits given to the city’s seven members of the city’s executive management team saving the city $80,000 annually.
To read entire story, click here.