UPDATED: Proposed budget would end furloughs

UPDATED: Proposed budget would end furloughs

The City of Gilroy has released a draft of its budget for the
next two fiscal years. Read more to download budget: Full
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A proposed two-year city budget would spell the end of furloughs and restore City Hall operations to Monday through Friday, according to City Administrator Tom Haglund.

The City of Gilroy released a draft of its budget for the next two fiscal years on its website Tuesday after presenting it to the Gilroy City Council following its Monday meeting.

“While the impact to the community of the City Hall closures was temporary and generally minimal, the expanded hours will be beneficial for the citizens and for the business generated by residential and commercial development,” Haglund wrote in a letter prefacing the city’s budget draft.

He said Tuesday that eliminating furloughs would cost the city approximately $1.2 million in its next budget, though he predicted that revenues would slightly outweigh expenses over the budget’s two years.

Police and firefighters agreed to furloughs in 2009 as part of their agreement with the city to reduce costs, though they weren’t affected by furloughs in the second half of the current budget. City Hall employees and non-sworn emergency officials also were furloughed as well, with offices closing to the public on Fridays.

Significant increases in revenue – including a reported 7.4 percent rise in the city’s sales tax over the fourth quarter of 2010 – are a main reason the city will be able to return to a five day work week, Haglund said.

“This budget suggests we are ready to go on without furloughs,” Haglund said Tuesday morning.

Councilman Bob Dillon said he was excited to be presented with a balanced budget.

“And I’m pleased to see the furloughs were eliminated. That should make our employees happy,” he said.

The Gilroy City Council will hold budget study sessions at 6 p.m. Monday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 11 at the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Haglund anticipated each budget hearing to last between three and hour fours.

The city will look to adopt a new budget May 16, City Clerk Shawna Freels said. The city’s current fiscal year ends June 30.

To view all budget documents, click here.

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