Budget spares police, fire but cuts deep - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Localnews

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Budget spares police, fire but cuts deep

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010 12:00 am

Police officers and firefighters are safe, as is the Pecos Park Senior Center, in the newly revised budget made public Thursday by Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos.

But the newly proposed budget contains $64 million in budget cuts and eliminates 448 city jobs.

And the budget is based upon several budget assumptions, including  the expansion of the city’s current 2 percent sales tax onto food and a 3.2 percent wage-and-benefit concession that so far just five of the seven labor groups in the city have agreed to.

The city began the budget process looking at an expected $240 million shortfall. Thanks to the sales tax and wage concessions, plus reductions in administrators’ salaries, and efficiencies, plus tapping every source of funds available, the deficit was reduced to the $64 million.

Still, the budget documents going out to the Cty Council members in preparation of a final vote Tuesday includes a warning that by draining every fund available there will be little reserves, and public safety positions could be back on the chopping block by fall if budget assumptions don’t pan out.

Even with the more modest budget cuts, parks will close earlier, libraries will have shorter hours and fewer staff, and street maintenance will be reduced.

The ALEX neighborhood circulator bus route also will be cut by 15 percent, following last year's 25 percent cut, and the summer PAC programs will all be eliminated.  The good news is that the winter PAC program during the school year was reduced, but not eliminated in area’s including Ahwatukee Foothills where patrons pay a larger amount to cover the program’s costs.

Prior to the council's vote, there will be a budget discussion at 10 a.m. in the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.gov/">www.phoenix.gov.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Articles: Turn Vermont Red: The Racist Hypocrisy of the Left

The difficult electoral map is an inconvenient reality faced by the GOP presidential nominee of any election year since 1992. Increased govern…

Published: July 2, 2016 - 12:01 am @ http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/07/tu…

Saturday's TV Highlights: 'Suffragette' on HBO

SERIES Saturday morning cooking shows The Food Channel gets foodies off to an early start with the season premiere of “Guilty Pleasures,” wher…

Published: July 2, 2016 - 12:02 am @ http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-0…

Fatal Tesla crash spurs criticism of on-the-road beta testing

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla Motors Inc. says the self-driving feature suspected of being involved in a May 7 fatal crash is experimental…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:00 pm @ http://www.autonews.com/article/20160702/OEM11/160…

MAP: See every recorded tornado in Arizona since 1956

Tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in central Arizona, but they do happen. According to data obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmosphe…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 9:44 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/weather/map-see-every-recorde…

Jessa and Dan Koppenhofer of Gilbert Farmers Market on the Arizona-Made Products You Need To Try

Lauren Saria A A From now until we publish the 2016 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times is naming 100 Tastemakers — members of our local cul…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 9:30 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/jessa-a…

Bill Maher Rips Bill Clinton’s Shady Meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch

The host of HBO’s ‘Real Time’ went after the former president for his 30-minute tarmac talk with the person in charge of indicting—or not indi…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 9:30 pm @ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/01/b…

20 can't-miss July events for Arizona kids

There's plenty to do with your kids in July -- and many of those events don't involve fireworks. Among the highlights: watching animals (yours…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 6:44 pm @ http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/kids/…

National Weather Service Watch Warning Advisory Summary

5 products issued by NWS for: 4 Miles SE Palo Verde AZ SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING AZC013-020130- /O.NEW.KPSR.SV.W.0017.160702T0100Z-160702T01…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 6:42 pm @ http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?firewxzo…

Bloomberg Briefs

HP, Apple Lead Tech Firms in Forced Labor Response HP, Apple Lead Tech Firms in Forced Labor Response     NUMBER OF THE WEEK $15 Billion Volks…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 6:41 pm @ http://newsletters.briefs.blpprofessional.com/docu…

7 Fourth of July events for the family to enjoy in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Happy Independence Day weekend! If you're looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday with family, we've compiled some family-fri…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 6:29 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/entertainment/events/7-fourth…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…