City could put Green Tree, other assets on market to plug deficit
March 17, 2011 5:19 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Selling off Green Tree Golf Course and its new pricey clubhouse, unloading land at Southern California Logistics Airport and the city’s struggling wastewater treatment plant were all proposed as options to help close the $8.4 million budget deficit Victorville is facing this summer.

“We need to look at selling off everything we possibly can before we look at layoffs,” Mayor Ryan McEachron insisted.

Victorville employees packed City Hall on Tuesday night, waiting to hear whether the council would make a decision regarding cuts for the coming fiscal year.

Though no determination was made, both Councilman Jim Kennedy and City Manager Jim Cox said they don’t see a way around a further reduction in staff.

“Seventy percent of the money we spend in this city is on labor,” Kennedy said, adding that the thought of laying off more workers “is making (him) sick.”

Victorville has already cut its staff by roughly 200 employees over the last few years, trimming the portion of the city’s budget not devoted to public safety from $35 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year to $19 million this year.

Still the city is using reserves to fill a $5.3 million budget gap this year and will have only a fraction of the reserves needed to plug the $8.4 million deficit projected for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

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