Federal Sequester Leads to Seaside Pink Slips
March 14, 2013
Seaside City Manager John Dunn sent out a memo to city employees this morning, announcing seven city employees will be laid off in two months due to the federal sequester.
The positions, two in financial services and five in maintenance on the former Fort Ord, had been funded by the U.S. Army. But the federal budget cuts have rippled down to the Presidio of Monterey and Ord Military Community, which were forced to slash their contracts with Seaside as well.
Dunn warns employees that the city is in "very fragile financial condition." The City Council recently adjusted the current budget to reflect a $767,000 deficit, to be taken out of the city's depleted reserves, he wrote. "Further deterioration of our financial condition will make next year's budget situation even more difficult."
The Army's contracts with the city of Monterey were cut as well, according to the Seaside staff report, and the military has made no promises to renew them next fall.