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Conduct organizational assessment to identify and implement budget savings strategies.

As part of the City’s effort to work toward a sustainable, balanced budget, the City contracted Avery Associates, an executive and labor relations consulting firm, to conduct a thorough organizational review in order to explore additional strategies to reduce costs and increase revenues. Avery Associates completed the organizational review in December 2011 and presented their recommendations to the City Council in January 2012. Staff is currently vetting ideas for review by the City Council Organizational Review Task Force and City Council.

Identify at least $2 million in General Fund savings or reductions to balance the FY 2011-2012 budget and create sustainable budgets for 2012-2014.

Due to prudent spending in the current fiscal year (2011-2012), the projected deficit was eliminated without the need for additional reductions.

Complete contracts with employee groups consistent with the adopted guiding principles.

The City has reached agreements with all bargaining units except for the Temporary Employee Unit. An agreement with the Temporary Employee Unit is expected to be reached soon.

Maintain the City’s strong financial position including the City’s excellent bond rating.

The City’s financial position remains strong and is getting stronger. The City has not only maintained a healthy fund reserve but it is also implementing a long term structural deficit reduction plan. The City’s S&P bond rating is a coveted AA.
Last updated: 6/20/2012 5:34:13 PM