Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/07/2012 09:23:30 PM PST
Updated: 11/07/2012 10:01:18 PM PST

UPLAND – The City Council has told City Manager Stephen Dunn to move forward on short-term solutions to keep the city’s financial situation from deteriorating further.

City Manager Stephen Dunn presented his budget report to the City Council at a special meeting Wednesday, recommending the council give him direction for short-term and long-term solutions to help free up at least $2 million annually.

The council asked Dunn to prepare a list of savings estimates for long-term recommendations and bring it the Nov. 26 meeting.

“I will give you estimates on potential savings and I will also indicate that we can save this or not save this and whether or not the service level would decrease, stay the same or increase,” he said. “I can present that and give you guys a little bit more of a broader picture, and at that point you can say push forward with what I’m recommending or not or make changes.”

Dunn was going to bring proposals for ourtsourcing police and fire service to the council during the Nov. 26 meeting, but will wait until after the council gives him direction on the long-term recommendations.

The two short-term recommendations Dunn made were to cut $229,000 from general government, the city manager’s office and development services.

The council also agreed on Dunn’s recommendation to prepare to transfer $250,000 from the gas tax fund to the general fund if necessary.

The city’s reserves have fallen from a projected $4.2 million to $932,000.

“We need to make sure we get that stopped. We cannot afford to get lower,” said Mayor Ray Musser.

City leaders need to find more than $8 million to build the reserves to meet the city’s policy of saving 10 percent of expenditures as well as to eliminate funds with a deficit balance, including animal services, self-insurance and general capital improvement funds.

The long term recommendations include exploring alternative ways to provide various city services such as fire, police, animal services, library, inspection services, fleet maintenance, information systems and engineering services.

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