The previous two blog posts came out of the city’s budget press briefing earlier today.
Long story, short, the city has an $8 million shortfall. It wants about $5.2 million in savings either from its employees or some sort of efficiency measures.
The rest would come from the budget reserve, so no projected service or staffing cuts.
Last year’s one-week furlough saved $1.8 million, so they’re looking for nearly 3 x’s that in 2011-12. City officials have made it clear they want future employees to receive lower pension benefits. They weren’t saying what other types of concessions they’re expecting to see.
I’m seeing some purple SEIU shirts here at City Hall.