Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/11/2011 04:13:24 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council will hold a special meeting Saturday to discuss solving a $3.4 million budget shortfall.

In the council’s first Saturday workshop, City Manager Stephen Dunn will present his plans to fill the gap in the 2011-12 fiscal year budget.

“Basically I am going to outline what we’re going to do to close the budget gap that we have,” Dunn said.

The gap was $3.1 million when the City Council adopted the budget in June, but it jumped to $3.4 million since the state adopted its budget.

Dunn’s plan is “going to involve some minor revenue adjustments,” he said. “I’m not going to do like the state and say okay I’m going to expect an additional $4 billion in sales tax. I’m going to do some stuff I think is realistic.”

Dunn said he is looking at cutting 17 positions, which he is seeking council approval for during the Saturday meeting.

Since June, city departments have been consolidated leaving three department heads without jobs.

Dunn is looking for more cuts below the executive level.

“I’ve consolidated departments and now we’ve gone into each of the departments and, again starting from the top going down, looking at management and making some adjustments in management,” Dunn said.

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