DOWNTOWN — The City Council on Thursday moved to lessen the blow of proposed cuts to police, fire and library services, using a patchwork of other funding sources to stave off hiring freezes and program reductions.
The moves are expected to prevent fire officials from enacting a temporary two-month station closure and freezing three firefighter positions, and would largely maintain the hours at the animal shelter and library.
City Council members gave the go-ahead to use $1.44 million from a rainy-day fund and another $1.25 million in police and library funds to bridge the anticipated gap.
Burbank officials began the budgeting process with proposals to freeze vacant positions, cut public services and raise service rates to bridge a projected $5.8-million overall budget shortfall for 2010-11.
Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski proposed roughly $1 million in budget reductions, which would have reduced the daily staffing levels to 36. Council members opted to free up $440,000 in one-time money to fund the three firefighter positions.