Elk Grove To Layoff City Employees

In a sign of tough economic times faced by local governments, The Elk Grove city manager Laura Gill informed the city council that four city...

In a sign of tough economic times faced by local governments, The Elk Grove city manager Laura Gill informed the city council that four city employees would be laid-off after May 29.

Appearing before the city council at last nights meeting, Gill said that because of a steep decline is sales and property tax revenues, the city will be facing a deficit of $105,000. “We have quite the perfect storm going into next year,” said Gill.

Gill stressed that while four employees will be furloughed, the position will not be eliminated, rather they will be unfunded. By not funding the positions, Gill said the jobs could be refilled as the city’s financial health returns.

The four positions being eliminated include a risk manager, a risk analyst, the youth service coordinator and a customer service specialist at the police department. Gill said the workload would be absorbed by other personnel.

During her presentation, Gill said the furloughs are an indication of the financial difficulties Elk Grove and other municipalities will face for at least the next two fiscal years. Gill also noted that Gov. Schwarzenegger will be presenting a budget revision today that could include the state raiding local government funds as was done in the early 1990’s.

“This is only the beginning of hard choices,” Gill added.

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