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New budget on way: Could include up to 80 layoffs

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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City Manager Kerry Miller is scheduled to present a new leaner budget to the Folsom City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Miller has said that the city faces an $8.4 million budget shortfall and cuts would be necessary, including possibly laying off up to 80 city employees. Folsom City Councilman Ernie Sheldon said that all factors must be taken into consideration regarding the budget. “If somebody is going to get cut, it’s going to be real hard,” Sheldon said. The city has met with bargaining units representing city employees, fire and police, according to Miller. “It doesn’t make sense to operate on a budget that no longer reflects fiscal reality,” Miller said in November. “This will be a new budget with a multi-year approach, running through June 30, 2010.” Miller said there are no “sacred cows” and that all options were on the table, including dipping into the reserves to help balance the budget, reducing staff and trimming programs. “Our goals are to cut costs while preserving the integrity of the quality of programs offered by the city,” he said. City officials expect residents to turn out in force for the next meeting. “The new budget will be presented on Jan. 13,” said Sue Ryan, public information officer for the city. “Of course, the public is welcome.” The city council meets at City Hall at 50 Natoma Street in Folsom at 6:30 p.m.