The City Council this week approved Burbank’s $636-million budget after closing a $1.3-million gap — a relatively small wound compared to other cities that have been hit especially hard by the loss of local redevelopment.
The $1.3-million budget gap was less than last year and did not require lay-offs. Compare that to Glendale, which is struggling to close a projected $15.4-million gap through a mix of lay-offs and early retirements.
While acknowledging that Burbank is in a “much better” condition than other cities, Financial Services Director Cindy Giraldo told the City Council on Tuesday that “our work is not over.”
“Staff will continue to explore options to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and enhance revenues so that we can better position the city for the future,” she said.
Vacant positions were also frozen or, in the case of former redevelopment staff, salaries were lowered. Higher water, sewer, refuse and electric rates were also approved as part of the budget.