Gainesville Faces $2.7 Million Deficit For 2015
Published June 26th, 2014
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville faces a 2.7 million dollar deficit for the fiscal year 2015. That's lower than the three-point three million first projected in March. City Manager Russ Blackburn is proposing to privatize some city services.
In order to have a more balanced budget. Over 20 departments were asked to look at their expenditures and scale back. Gainesville city manager, Russ Blackburn decided to include some of those submissions for cutbacks in his final recommendation."
The Gainesville City Manager has put together a bi-annual budget proposal. For 2015 the budget is 106 million dollars and 109 million for 2016. The General Fund Transfer is the city's main revenue. According to city manager, Russ Blackburn that revenue is dropping from 38 million in 2014 to 34 million in 2015. "That includes a net reduction over all and also includes an offset for the value of the biomass plant that has come on the tax roll this year," Blackburn said.
The deficit is projected to be 2.7 million dollars. In order to lower that number some services will be eliminated and others outsourced. "We are looking at outsourcing in fiscal year 15 two services, our custodial services and our right of way mowing services and we will be investigating and anticipating other services in fiscal year 16," Blackburn said.
"There is a budget deficit and how the city commission decides to make those cuts says a lot about our values as a community," Jeremiah Tattersall with the North Central Florida Labor Council said. Tattersall disagrees on having some departments under outside contractors. "What we know from research is that privatizing government functions might save you some money in the short term but in the long term you have a derogation of services and it actually costs more money," Tattersall said.
The proposal incorporates 1.6 million dollars in cuts. The city will lose 23 full time positions, 11 of those positions are currently filled. "We will do everything in our power to help those individuals that may be impacted by a reduction in force find new jobs within the city or help them prove their skills and provide the tools to find jobs in other areas," Blackburn said.
"These are people who have families, people who haven't seen pay raises in a while… people that have kids they are trying to put through college. By trying to balance the budget on their backs is not appropriate," Tattersall added.
The city commission budget workshops will run from July 9th to July 23rd. Any new changes will be incorporated and a final fiscal year budget for 2015 and 2016 will be approved by the city commission in September.
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