City Announces Major Cost-Cutting Measures
Sacramento City Manager Ray Kerridge
Sacramento City Manager Ray Kerridge says he’ll require almost 20 percent of city employees to take an unpaid day off from work every month. That’s one of many cost-saving measures the city is putting in place to deal with its latest budget problems.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The furloughs will start on January 1st, and will affect every City Hall employee not represented by a union. Kerridge says they’ll save Sacramento more than $2 million over six months.
Others savings include a stricter hiring freeze, and also freezing travel, food, training and similar expenses.
Perhaps most controversial, though, is a proposed new round of buyouts aimed directly at the police and fire departments. Police Chief Rick Braziel announced detailed service cuts on Friday that have already sparked a backlash from city council members and some residents. One reason he had to make those cuts is some police officers who accepted buyouts earlier this year changed their minds and stayed on staff. The new buyouts will have to be approved by the city council.