Union reps, City Council members and city administrators gather to discuss how they are planning to cover a $500,000 shortfall in Zanesville’s 2011 budget.
That shortfall, however, has been cut from a much larger figure thanks to the bi-annual inheritance tax.
"We were expecting money from the inheritance tax because we get it twice a year, the surprise was how much it was. The second stipend for the year was about $1.25 million. About a $1 million more than we originally expected," says Dale Raines, Budget and Finance Director.
This bumps the city’s carryover funds from around $700,000 to approximately $1.2 million. With 2010 cuts carrying into 2011, projections show that departments should be looking at additional cuts anywhere between three to 7%.
"Everybody is pre-cut, and we’re still $500,000 short and really a big big chunk of that is going to have to come from personnel," says Raines.
Various propositions were placed on the table including employees taking a specific amount of furlough days, freezing employees’ wages at the 2010 rates, and doing without the 4% pay increase for 2011.