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Suisun council supports restoration of employee pay cuts

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From page A12 | May 21, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — City Council members all said Tuesday during their annual budget workshop that they would like to restore, at least partially, the salary cuts city employees took to help the city weather the Great Recession.

“We need to return at least maybe some of the salary cuts,” said Mayor Pete Sanchez, suggesting to return 2 percent of what was a 5 percent cut that city employees took during the recession.

Other council members agreed, noting that city employees were overworked trying to keep up service levels despite lesser numbers of them available because the city also kept a good number of vacancies unfilled. It was estimated that it would cost about $292,200 to restore city employee concessions.

That wish may not be immediately granted since the tentative 2014-15 fiscal year budget they are studying is expected to collect nearly $9.3 million in ongoing revenues while expected to spend nearly $10.1 million. City officials expect to use reserves to make ends meet.

“This is one of the more challenging budgets to prepare,” City Manager Suzanne Bragdon said.

That is partially because the expected $1.1 million annual increase in city revenues from the opening of Walmart did not occur this year because the retailer’s opening was delayed for more than nine months. For the past five years, reserves were used in a bridging strategy to tide the city over until Walmart opened.

The city is also still fighting the state Department of Finance over $1.75 million in redevelopment money. While Bragdon said she feels Suisun has a strong case, the city budget was built on the assumption that this money would not be available.

Tuesday night’s workshop was about giving city staff direction on what kind of budget to being back to the council June 10 for public hearings.

The council was not supportive of a proposal from Republic Services, formerly Solano Garbage, to do the town’s street sweeping in return for cutting out the landfill vouchers that residents get. Councilwoman Lori Wilson said residents she talked to liked the idea of the vouchers.

Council members asked staff to come back with more information about the pros and cons of raising the city’s animal licensing fees to offset the $174,000 that Suisun City pays Solano County for animal control.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • BobMay 21, 2014 - 6:18 am

    "At least, maybe" wow is that a positive stamens from pothole Pete I hope the city workers get their pay back but it's going to be an up hill battle with the city owing the state 1.75 mil in redevelopment funds they spent after they were told to send it back. Just so Suisun residents remember that Jim Spering expanded the redevelopment area to include all of Suisun city so when we all get hit with a tax bill to cover that 1.75 million don't be suprised, just send Jim a thank you note, oh yeah he did get his property upgraded in downtown Suisun why do you think he worked so hard at cleaning up downtown?

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  • The MisterMay 21, 2014 - 6:38 am

    And at the same time, the working employees of the City of Vacaville (as opposed to the "managers" and "supervisors" and "department heads", etc., who spend their time directing the workers) are still suffering under a 10 percent wage cut for at least another year and a half... that's a 10 percent cut AFTER the cuts and furloughs accumulated from the preceding five years. I guess the Suisun employees should count themselves lucky that the don't work for the City of Vacaville.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 21, 2014 - 9:49 am

    Those Sewer Soon City employees and their leadership are not worth a dime and they can't be trusted to work in the public's interest either.

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