City Hall is eying multi-million dollar budget deficits and planning to outsource more city services, streamline management, eliminate 65 positions and put even top city officials on furlough.
But City Manager Robert Layton won’t propose any property tax rate hikes, and he’s increasing funding for the police and fire departments.
Some fees will likely increase, but Layton said he’s trying to isolate fee changes to areas that impact only a portion of the city’s population.
Layton also plans to share documents on trash franchising with local haulers within about a month. Then he plans to get an agreement with them and ask city council members to explore franchising. It’s unclear how that would impact trash collection rates, but in many other communities it has cut costs.
Asked about process of getting agreement on the politically-hot topic, Layton said: “It’s been tough.” Read More