By Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 08/29/2012 07:39:41 PM PDT
Special section: San Bernardino
SAN BERNARDINO — More than 100 positions would be eliminated from City Hall in a budget plan presented for the first time Wednesday, a number that City Council members and department heads said was alarming but that still leaves a deficit of more than $7million.
The city filed for bankruptcy Aug. 1 because of a $45.8 million deficit – which Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller said grows by $125,000 a day if no changes are made – and a severe cash-flow shortage.
All the cuts in the plan add up to $22.4million, with Miller recommending an additional $9.4million in concessions from unions and cuts to the offices of the city attorney and City Council, which were not included in the plan.
“(The plan is) a very difficult pill to swallow. It really is,” said Councilwoman Virginia Marquez. “Catastrophic.”
Each department head was expected to make a presentation on the proposal, with a vote likely coming at the Sept.4 meeting.
But the discussion, which was filled with sometimes heated criticisms of staff and elected officials, had only gotten to the first department late Wednesday night.
Police Chief Rob Handy outlined $6million in cuts for his department, including eliminating 41 of 104 non-sworn positions.
In addition to layoffs and attrition of those non-sworn employees – ranging from stenographers to a dispatch manager – Handy expects 11 police officers, five sergeants, a lieutenant and a captain to retire or leave for other jobs.
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