Now it’s Northfield’s turn!
City Finance Director Kathleen ‘Mac’ McBride did a budget Powerpoint presentation (PDF) at the Council work session on Monday. I created a Flash version:
See today’s Nfld News: Cuts from ’09 city budget take $500,000.
A large number of the cuts, proposed Monday by city Finance Director Kathleen McBride, affect personnel, including eliminating five positions, reducing some staffers’ hours and outsourcing custodial services. A part-time rental inspector position budgeted in 2008, which hasn’t been filled, will also be eliminated. Partial wage freezes for higher level employees will also be implemented. The city’s fire and police departments also take significant hits, said McBride, reducing maintenance and professional services.
And it’s likely to get worse:
And if that’s not difficult enough, McBride expects the 2010 and 2011 to be more difficult to balance. It’s anticipated that property values may shrink, further reducing any potential tax increases, and there are fears the state, facing a budget crisis of its own, may look to cut aid to cities. McBride called the cuts for 2009 “quiet,” meaning the impact will be felt by city staff. Any future cuts, she said, would impact the city’s service to the public.