Arroyo Grande city offices to be closed Friday through Jan. 2

City offices in Arroyo Grande will be closed Friday through Jan. 2 as part of a cost-saving measure approved by the Arroyo Grande City Council earlier this year to help cut a budget shortfall.

Police and fire services will remain in full operation during this period, according to City Manager Steve Adams.

In June, the council approved a $13.4 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that started July 1, with an overall operating budget of $22.9 million.

City officials plan to cut an estimated $760,000 deficit in part by using about $350,000 in reserve funds. They also expect to save $410,000 by increasing the amount employees contribute to their pensions and by requiring all staff except public safety employees to take three nonpaid furlough days from Dec. 27 to 29.

For urgent matters, call the police department at 473-5100 (but dial 911 for emergencies as usual).