Grover Beach city employees will take additional furlough and personal days without pay and municipal offices will be closed 16 days this fiscal year, which started July 1, to help close a budget shortfall.
Grover Beach officials have reached agreements with four employee groups that would save the city $310,000, City Manager Bob Perrault said this week.
Employees will take an average 7 to 8 percent pay cut and pay more toward their retirement, and have agreed to a less expensive health-care plan that is expected to save both employees and the city money, Perrault said.
“We realized that we’re still in some difficult times and we need to take our part of the cuts to help the city move on until the economy turns around,” said Sgt. Tim Miller, president of the Grover Beach Police Officers’ Association.
The city has cut jobs through attrition and is down to 54 full-time employees.
The council has already approved one-year agreements with the Grover Beach Police Officers Association and the Service Employees International Union, Local 620, which represents the majority of the city’s office and field staff. Tentative agreements covering two groups, mid-management and executive employees, still have to be finalized.
Perrault has also agreed to cut his own salary and benefits by $10,037.
The City Council is expected to take action on revisions to its budget at its Monday meeting.
The council, facing an estimated $800,000 to $850,000 shortfall to its general fund earlier this year, had already slashed funding for street rehabilitation projects and plans to use reserve money to fill part of the gap.
City staff also hopes to bring in an additional $200,000 in revenue by selling some city-owned property. In June, a proposal failed to sell a city property at 920 Brighton Ave., currently used as a community garden, so the city wouldn’t finish the previous fiscal year in the red.
City Hall offices will be closed Aug. 12, Sept. 2, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Dec. 21-22, Jan. 13, Feb. 3, March 2, March 30, April 13, May 4 and June 1. City staff have already had one furlough day July 1.
Emergency services will not be affected by City Hall closures.