Morro Bay to send out three layoff notices

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.”

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:

Part-time staffing reductions are:

Reach David Sneed at 781-7930.