Next week the Oro Valley leaders plan to discuss the town’s projected $5.2-million budget shortfall for fiscal 2010, which begins July 1.
To make up for the projected decline in town revenue, Town Manager David Andrews has offered the council a litany of cost-saving options to consider at the Wednesday, March 4 council meeting, including laying off 26 full-time employees.
The layoffs would save the town $1.8 million, officials estimate.
In addition, six police officers could lose their jobs because funding for their positions comes from federal grants that are scheduled to expire soon.
“I cannot stress strongly enough that we are working to do everything that we can to mitigate the number of jobs lost in this recession,” Andrews wrote in a memo to town employees, which The Explorer obtained Feb. 24.
Andrews continued: “Our goal is to stabilize the budget through a series of recommendations that include revenue generation, evaluation of service levels, organizational restructuring and program down-sizing with the intent of eliminating the need to make further personnel cuts in the five-year forecast.”
Andrews said that employees who are laid off would be eligible for some severance pay.
The town council plans to discuss other cost-saving measures on March 4, such as whether to renew the 2-percent utility tax and the elimination of vehicle and equipment purchases from the capital improvement program.