The conflict dates to 2011, when officials transferred
The city borrowed cash from its water fund to make the payment with the expectation that the state would allow gradual repayment of the redevelopment loan related to construction of the
If the state view stands, the city will have to tap its general fund to make the
Several vacancies, including a janitor's job and a position in the parks department, will be frozen to cover the unanticipated expense, he said. No public safety jobs will be affected.
Palacios said the city is appealing and he's encouraged by a favorable but informal opinion from the state Controller's Office. But he advised caution.
"The state continues to change the rules and continues to grab money from the city," Palacios said. "In the worse case scenario, we have already budgeted for it."
Staff presented the report to the council in advance of a
Administrative Services Director
"Unfortunately, they are not growing fast enough to gain extra cash," Vega said.
Furloughs will continue for a sixth year, as will other employee concessions.
The council on a 4-3 vote approved
A subcommittee comprised of Mayor Pro Tem
Montesino said the recommendation for a funding cut did not suggest the programs weren't worthy of support, but of the reality of city finances.
"We always see our youth lacking opportunities. We also see a bigger crime spike in the summer (due to) the lack of opportunity and activities for our youth," Montesino said.
But a majority agreed with Mayor
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