Without major cuts and passage of the Measure C half-cent sales tax increase on the June 5 ballot, the City of Alameda faces budget deficits ranging from $5.1 million to $8.71 million a year for the next five years, City Manager John Russo warns.
Those figures are part of a staff report the Alameda City Council will hear tonight at its first workshop on ther 2012-2013 municipal budget. A second workshop is scheduled for June 12, with adoption of the budget on the council's June 20 agenda.
The numbers assume no salary increases for the city's police officers and firefighters through fiscal year 2016-2017. Combined, the police and fire departments represent almost two-thirds of the city budget.
Russo suggests some possible cuts in services to bring city income and outgo into closer alightment. They include closing the city's jail, reducing overtime for firefighters, eliminating a handful of administrative jobs and reorganzing the city clerk's office.