Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay’s preliminary proposals for closing the city’s budget deficit are still not enough to solve the problem, he told City Council Tuesday night.
To close a shortfall that reached as high as $20 million, city staff worked on proposals to reduce the deficit through such unpopular measures as reductions to departments and programs and through negotiations with the city’s six labor unions.
But on Tuesday, Lindsay said his staff’s long list of savings proposals have reduced the deficit to $5.4 million and that more savings must be identified to close that remaining shortfall. His staff will have to identify those savings quickly, as the budget by law must be passed by July 1.
Below is the effects of reductions that were proposed Tuesday to reduce the deficit to $5.4 million.
For more reports on the budget mess, including the cause of the deficit and other specifics, read this West County Times report. Also, KTVU (Ch. 2) reported about proposed cuts to the Richmond Arts Center. The arts crowd was commended for rallying to oppose the cuts at Tuesday’s council meeting, and several councilmembers pledged support for sustaining the city’s arts funding.
The Richmond Standard will provide an updated list as more deficit-reduction proposals surface, or if any of the current proposals are amended before the adoption of a final budget.