“A difficult budget for difficult times” was the topic as a revised version of the 2011 document was presented during a Camas City Council workshop.
“Difficult” may be an understatement as city leaders scrambled after learning in late September that the city’s assessed value — and in turn its property tax revenues — would very likely take a nosedive next year, The unexpected hole is an estimated $1.6 million.
City councilors agreed to soften the blow a bit by authorizing the use of $800,000 of the city’s reserve funds, leaving another $800,000 in cuts still needed. During the past four weeks, department heads and staff have been working to whittle down expenses. The results of this effort were discussed last night.
“The spending reductions did touch all of the city’s departments,” said Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson. “This is a difficult budget for difficult times.”
Among the proposed cuts are:
o $127,400 from administration departments such as finance, human resources and information technology. Some specific items include deferring the purchase of new computers and not refilling an accountant position that is being vacated at the end of 2010 due to an employee’s retirement.