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Council convenes for budget workshop

By: Jim Ratajczak, The Telegraph
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Folsom city council members met Monday night at a special meeting for a preliminary budget operating and capital improvement workshop for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Council members listened in and asked questions as various city department heads gave a detailed explanation of the proposed budget, originally released May 27. “You will see in many cases departmental reductions of more than 20 percent,” said Evert Palmer, assistant city manager. Departments facing significant cuts include the city council, which will stomach a 13.5 percent reduction in funds for the upcoming fiscal year, intergovernmental affairs and economic development, a 25.6 percent reduction and community development, which will suffer a 17.7 percent drop as well as the loss of 27.4 percent of its full-time positions. Since the proposed budget was first released, city officials maintained no full-time employee would be laid off. Rather, they would be reassigned elsewhere in the city, a feat council members, given the circumstances, were happy with. “We’re proud of the fact we haven’t had to lay-off any full-time employee,” said Mayor Eric King. “Not to say it won’t impact any of them. Some will need to learn new jobs.” Folsom Fire Department, facing a reduction just above 4 percent, will delay the start of Fire Station 39 until April 2010, which drew concern from council members. Approval of the proposed budget is on the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting, but City Manager Kerry Miller expected the budget to be officially approved later in the month.