The City Manager's proposal to cut services and jobs is unnecessary and does not address the need to realign the organizational structure, reduce wasteful spending, and align spending priorities to better reflect our community’s values. It is focused on unnecessary layoffs and reductions to community services in a time of widespread community need. Local government services are especially important during an economic recession and the less fortunate in our community are disproportionately impacted. We need to find ways to maintain the public services that so many community members rely on.
The organizational structure is not balanced. We cannot adequately address the budget gap without addressing the reality that one-third of the organization is in management (Jon Ruiz 2-22-12 Budget Committee). Management salaries, benefits, and bonus retirement benefits far exceed the cost for the salaries and benefits of those who provide the front-line services our community depends on.
The City currently has more than 100 fully-funded, yet vacant positions – many of them management positions. One vacancy is for an Executive Manager that has been vacant for nearly two years. Eliminating vacancies can provide long-term savings.
Please recommend that the City manager put forth a proposal that restores community services and maintains jobs for those who provide those services.