Salinas council takes up Blue Ribbon Committee's budget plan.
Monday, May 17, 2010
The Salinas City Council Tuesday will grapple with whether to move forward with the Blue Ribbon Committee's budget recommendations. City staff is working on renegotiating the city's garbage hauling contract, using grant money to avoid cop layoffs, outsourcing recreation centers to private groups, and negotiating with city unions for further salary cuts.
This plan incorporates some of the committee's recommendations to close a $12.3 million budget gap next fiscal year, like salary concessions and utilizing a grant normally designed for new police hires to back fill the police budget. But the committee advised against handing over the keys of Sherwood Hall and other cities facilities to outside groups.
City staff want to wait until the next budget cycle to explore the committee's plan for consolidating the city’s eight departments into four and combining city commissions.