A month ago, with an ominous black cat strolling around the conference room, the city announced a $7.3 million budget shortfall. Monday, Interim Finance Director Perry Carter detailed a proposal to the city’s finance committee that would cut up to 64 full-time equivalent positions along with steep reductions in every department. Despite the proposed cuts, which will be presented to the city council Mar. 22, the budget is still $1.4 million in the red. Below is a brief rundown of some of the proposed programs and services on the chopping block.
CITY MANAGER (Reduction of 1 full-time equivalent FTE)
- Less city council travel, training and miscellaneous items.
- Reduces city manager’s contingency fund by 50 percent.
- Eliminates web design consulting.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (Reduciton of 3.8 FTEs)
- Suspend Climate Action Plan
- Suspend most long-range planing and land use
- Reduce Permit Center hours by 50 percent.
- Reduce capacity for business retention and attraction efforts.
ENGINEERING AND TRANSPORTATION (Reduction of 6.8 FTEs)
- Reduced response to traffic and parking issues
- Longer time for traffic safety issue analysis
- Eliminate additional street lighting request services
FINANCE (Reduciton of 2.4 FTEs)
- Slowed response time to staff requests.
- Limited education for staff
- Cost Allocation Study delayed additional year
FIRE (No reduction. City uses service contract)
- Half-year reduction for use of ladder truck saving $770,000
- Sharing of deputy fire marshal with a neighboring city saving $110,000
HUMAN RESOURCES (Reduction of 2 FTEs)
- Elimination of two management positions
- Decreased consulting fees
- Elimination of LEAP training program
- Delay in filing vacant position to up to six months
- Delay in additional safety training programs
LIBRARY (Reduction of 7.5 FTEs)
- Reduced hours at Main and Manor branches
- Closure of San Leandro History Museum/Art Gallery
- Elimination of community programs, excluding Summer Reading Program.
- Fewer new titles purchased; longer wait periods for materials
- Elimination of security during morning hours at Main Library
- Elimination of historic microfilm subscription for Daily Review
POLICE (Reduction of 10.5 FTEs; 5 sworn officers, 1 management, 4.5 non-sworn)
- Traffic enforcement reductions of one motorcycle officer, first responder
- Property crime delays by 25 percent
- School Resource Officer for middle school eliminated
- One lieutenant position left vacant/frozen
PUBLIC WORKS (Reduction of 7.5 FTEs)
- Delays in service for routine maintenance/repair of street lights and traffic signals
- Pavement maintenance limited to pothole repair and minor repairs
- Delays for street tree services and elimination of free tree planting
- Reduced median maintenance and weed abatement
RECREATION AND HUMAN SERVICES (Reduction of 16.5 FTEs)
- Elimination of recreational adult sports program
- Family Aquatics Center swimming hours cut by one-fourth
- Closure of Boys and Girls Club pool along with Farrelly Pool
- Teen program eliminated
- Eliminate all community events, new decorations and tree lighting
- Eliminate park rangers
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