City Manager Leon Churchill, Assistant City Manager Mari Hurtado and Finance Director Zane Johnston will talk about what steps have already been taken to tighten the city’s financial belt and what might need to be soon done, such as the elimination of 67 full-time jobs.
The city needs to cut $9 million — its projected deficit in fiscal year 2009-2010 — from the $53 million general fund the city uses to pay bills, the biggest of which is pay and benefits for its employees
Officials say a continued decline in sales and property taxes has put Tracy’s finances in a bind as it works to balance its budget. The state is also taking about $1.8 million the city thought it would have.
Churchill says the city will have to rethink how it operates, because across-the-board, seniority-based layoffs, which the city has so far avoided, are certain at this point.
Managers will likely oversee more workers, and the city will try to merge “similar services” and automate what it can, according to a report written by Churchill. Those hired more recently will be the first let go.
The city manager will outline what cuts he might make, but the council will vote for a precise plan to cut employees and services at its Nov. 3 meeting.
At a glance
• WHAT: City Council budget meeting
• WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday
• WHERE: City Hall council chambers, 333 Civic Center Plaza
• INFO: www.ci.tracy.ca.us/