CITY HALL — Burbank officials on Tuesday proposed freezing vacant positions, cutting back public services and raising utility rates to close a projected $5.8-million budget gap for 2010-11.
The city has grappled with budget reductions in six of the last eight years, as growth to General Fund revenues continue to lag behind the rising cost of salaries and benefits. Sales tax revenue have seen dramatic decreases over the last two years, said Jennifer Kaplan, deputy financial services director.
The $144-million General Fund, of which 80% is dedicated to salaries and benefits, pays for city services and operations.
City Manager Mike Flad for the second consecutive year required every department to trim 5% from their proposed budgets. He also called on department executives to refrain from funding new positions unless they could offset the cost and to cap any costs.