The City Council finished the majority of its work on the budget tonight and is set to approve the FY 2011 budget at its meeting Monday evening.
• Made no change to proposed Library budget and gave latitude to the Library Board to spend budget as it sees fit. This means that the branches will likely stay open. Not clear on other impacts to Library operations.
• Approved a package of changes I proposed amending the original budget I submitted. These changes included:
o Full restoration of Dutch elm inoculation program;
o Removal from layoff list: two Facility Maintenance Worker III positions, one Parks/Forestry Worker III, one Parks/Forestry Worker II, one Recreation Maintenance Worker and the full time clerk at Ecology Center (no change to part-time)
o Eliminated Zoning Administrator position to be replaced with Zoning Planner position
o Deferred 2% COLA for Non-Union Personnel by one month until April 1, 2011.
o Reduced hours of new 3-1-1 Center to 12 hours per day, seven days a week saving $96,333
• In addition, the City Council restored 3% of 5% salary reduction taken by City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Department Directors on March 1, 2010
All other changes included in “Recommended Reductions” worksheet will now be included in final budget. Of the changes in the “Potential Additional Reductions” worksheet, only the Citywide changes were accepted. Other changes proposed for Fire, Health, PRCS and Public Works were not accepted by the City Council and will not be included in final budget presented next week.