Monday, March 1, 2010
The city of Salinas may eliminate 79 full-time positions and 132 temporary jobs to address a growing budget shortfall, according to a report the City Council will consider tomorrow night.
The budget framework includes $9.8 million in cuts, leaving a $500,000 shortfall. The gap could grow to $1.5 million if property tax revenue declines 5 percent as predicted by county Assessor Steve Vagnini. Vagnini will give the council on update on property tax collections Tuesday as well.
Mayor Dennis Donohue emphasized that the budget plan is preliminary and only necessary so the city can issue layoff notices. Finance Director Tom Kever said about 40 city workers will receive pink slips. The remaining 39 full-time positions are vacant and the temporary jobs don’t require an extensive layoff notice.
A blue ribbon committee is still considering alternative budget savings.