Grover Beach to furlough employees, close City Hall once a month to save money

Grover Beach officials will began staff furloughs and once-a-month closures of City Hall in an effort to close an anticipated $278,849 shortfall in next fiscal year’s budget.

City Manager Bob Perrault said that budgeted revenues in the city’s general fund are expected to decline to about $7 million in fiscal year 2010-11 from $7.4 million in fiscal year 2009-10, which ended June 30.

He aims to cut $185,000 to help balance the budget with the staffing reductions.

City officials project a decline in property tax and sales revenues, the two largest contributors to the city’s finances. Property tax revenues are expected to decrease about 3 percent this year; sales tax revenues had dropped about 20 percent since fiscal year 2007-08.

The employee furlough days and City Hall closures will begin on July 30. All non-safety employees will be furloughed one day a month, resulting in a 5 percent pay cut.

City hall will be closed July 30, Aug. 20, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 12, Dec. 21 and 22, Jan. 14, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 13 and June 3.

While offices will be closed and public works operations quiet on those days, emergency services will remain available.

In a memo to city employees, Perrault said: “I am acutely aware the implementation of the furlough and closure program will create certain real and unavoidable impacts to both employees and the public we serve. Please rest assured that it has been and continues to be the city’s policy to minimize these impacts to the best of our ability.”