Posted: 05/09/2012 01:57:06 PM PDT
Updated: 05/09/2012 01:57:07 PM PDT
More than 50 City of Milpitas employees will be laid off, city departments and programs reorganized, and parks and street maintenance work outsourced in order to close a projected $9.2-million general fund shortfall next fiscal year, beginning July 1.
During Tuesday's special Milpitas City Council meeting, Williams reiterated the latest cuts were unavoidable and beyond the city's control -- mainly due to the loss of redevelopment agency monies.
"This year has been the most painful and difficult in the history of Milpitas," Williams said. "For the last three years I've come before you and told you the same thing, but this year is the worst by far."
Based on the city manager's recommendations, the council voted 4-1 Tuesday, with Councilman Armando Gomez dissenting, to approve the city's total budget of $105 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The vote approves a $61.6-million general fund budget and adopts measures to reduce staff costs by $1.8 million based on employee attrition and reorganization of services among city departments; and implement layoffs of 52 positions (largely in Milpitas Employees Association and Milpitas Supervisors Association) through nearly all city departments. That represents about 14 percent of the city's full-time workforce.
The city says outsourcing will save $2.1 million annually.
Posted by Steve Sinai