Morro Bay city officials Monday unveiled job cuts that will save the city nearly $500,000.
The plan calls for the elimination of three positions and the consolidation of four others while four vacant part-time positions will remain unfilled. Monday’s hearing was informational only, but the planned cuts are “pretty much inevitable,” said Mayor Janice Peters.
So inevitable, in fact, that layoff notices will go out this week. The cuts are expected to be formally adopted during the city’s budgeting process in May and June.
“It’s really sad,” Peters said. “It’s just the economy, and everybody’s facing it.”
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The cuts are necessary to erase a budget deficit caused by a “perfect storm” of fiscal problems involving falling or flat tax receipts and increased costs, City Manager Andrea Lueker said.
The cuts will reduce the amount of services the city is able to provide and will likely reduce morale among remaining employees, Lueker said.
Positions to be eliminated are:
• Office assistant who works at the front desk of the Community Center for a savings of $65,638.
• Building official position for a savings of $123,014.
• Accountant position for a savings of $97,557.
Part-time staffing reductions are:
• Fire Department administrative technician to half time for a savings of $31,577.
• Part-time Police Department crime prevention coordinator for a savings of $38,057.
• Public Services Department permit technician to three-quarters time for a savings of $15,001.
• Reclassify a housing programs coordinator to an administrative technician for an unknown amount of savings.
Reach David Sneed at 781-7930.