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City council meets to consider proposed budget

No employee layoffs in the next few months
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Roseville City Manager Mike Shellito clarified Monday that no city employees will be laid off in the next few months. “There are no layoffs planned immediately, and hopefully not at all,” Shellito said. The city council met to discuss proposed budget cuts during a special public meeting. The second budget meeting takes place tonight. The city will adopt a budget later this month, which goes into effect July 1, 2010. Roseville’s general fund has experienced significant revenue loss over the last three years, resulting in a decline of operating revenue from $126 million in the 2007 fiscal year to a projected $103 million for 2011. The city is attempting to reduce departmental expenses by $14.7 million for the 2011 fiscal year budget. The city has already cut 20 percent of its workforce and staff have identified another 55 positions to be eliminated through redeployment, early retirement incentives and other means. Of those positions, 19 are vacant and have already been defunded. Steve Crouch of Stationary Engineers Local 39 asked the city council to look at alternatives for cost-saving measures, not just layoffs and pay cuts. He also asked the council to review the number of management positions. Nearly 50 people wearing red in support of Local 39 sat in the audience. Crouch suggested the city try a voluntary separation program, in which employees are given the option to voluntarily resign — and receive one-week severance pay. This would potentially cut down on the number of any involuntary layoffs. ~Sena Christian ---------- The Roseville City Council's second budget review meeting takes place at 7 p.m. tonight in the City Council Chambers, 311 Vernon Street.