You can view it here (PDF). I haven’t had a chance to digest the whole thing yet, so I’m going to hold off on commenting until I do, but here’s the basic plan, as outlined in the letter (PDF) the Mayor sent to city staff:
- $13 million in additional revenue through actions like raising parking meter, parking citation fees, and street sweeping citation fees.
- Save $5 million by eliminating or freezing vacant positions.
- Save $5 million by transferring General Fund costs to non-General Fund sources.
- Save $4 million in General Fund money by eliminating 50 currently filled positions.
- Choose your own adventure: save the remaining $10 million needed to balance the General Fund by shutting down the City on Fridays, laying off 120 people, or getting concessions from the union on retirement or medical insurance contributions.
- Save $5 million from the LLAD fund by eliminating 46 positions, 34 of which are filled.
The more detailed balancing breakdown in the budget document he submitted for Tuesday’s special meeting goes like this:
- Provide $9.54 million in additional revenue through capital trust transfer.
- Raise $0.95 million in additional revenue by raising parking meter fees by 25 cents/hour, to a total of $1.50/hour.
- Raise $0.98 million in additional revenue by increasing rates of parking meter citations.
- Raise $0.64 million in additional revenue by increasing street sweeping citation fees from $48 to $53.
- Raise $0.36 million by increasing compliance efforts in Accounts Recievable.
- Raise $0.31 million by increasing recoveries for services by the Treasury Division.
- Raise $0.35 million by increasing transfers from the Development Services Fund.
- Raise $0.10 million through transfer of 50% of Golf Course Concession Revenues.
- Save $13.10 million by eliminating 133.92 FTE positions, 50.25 of which are filled.
- Save $0.50 million by freezing non-essential vacant positions.
- Save $0.04 million by freezing car allowances for department directors.
- Save $0.18 million by reducing funding from marketing & special events and training & community development.
- Save $0.50 million by reducing subsidy to the Comprehensive Clean-Up Fund.
- Save the remaining $10 million needed to balance the General Fund either by shutting down the City on Fridays, laying off 120 people, or getting concessions from the union on retirement and/or medical insurance contributions.
The introduction to the proposed budget (PDF) helpfully explains that the Mayor considered, but rejected, balancing the budget by “artificially inflating revenue estimates,” among other options. I guess we can all breathe a sigh of relief there.
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