The City Council Tuesday night approved a new spending plan to help erase a $50 million deficit. It includes deep cuts to all city departments…everything from parks and recreation to museums and libraries.
But council members decided to delay layoffs. They threw out a tentative agreement with the firefighter’s union that would’ve froze salaries…saying it was too risky for the city.
Councilman Steve Cohn says the union can help save some jobs and partially restore proposed service cuts by agreeing to more concessions.
“So I’m still hopeful that sanity will prevail and that we’re going to have concessions that will help prevent these kinds of Draconian cuts from occurring. But if they don’t we’re going to probably be facing worse than what’s even been described here because the economy isn’t turning around.”
The city and labor unions still have some time to work out a deal. June 30th is the deadline for city council members to pass a budget.