Why isn't Menlo Park cutting salaries?
Original post made by wondering, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Apr 26, 2010
We see Mayor Newsom taking this action:
Faced with a $483 million deficit heading into the new fiscal year that starts July 1, Newsom is looking to reduce labor costs to help plug the gap.
The mayor last week struck a tentative deal with union negotiators that includes 12 furlough days, equivalent to a 4.6 percent pay cut, for about 90 percent of city workers. The mayor also has asked city department heads and their top managers to take a 10 percent pay cut. The mayor and his chief of staff plan to give up 15 percent of their salary.
With Menlo Park facing a 1.3 million dollar deficit, our City Manager avoided any pay cuts. The city continues to face structural deficits and obviously our City manager is not going to cut salaries unless the Council makes that a priority.
Forwarding looking budgets all are in the million dollar deficit range. Yet City staff and council refuse to take the leadership to eliminate them. Oh, yes, they will raise the TOT tax and maybe the utility tax, but talk of cutting salaries NO NO.
I'm looking forward to a big change in council this fall...