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News - June 11, 2010

City could pull off a balanced budget

Without union concessions, police would lose four office staff

by Daniel DeBolt

While the "Great Recession" has forced other cities to make painful budget cuts and run large deficits, it appears that Mountain View will be in the unique position of having a balanced city budget next year with few, if any, layoffs.

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Posted by Concerned Citizen, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

Shame on the Firefighters!

Lots of Mountain View residents have lost their jobs. Some have had their pay CUT, and many more have had no raise in the last two years.

But the firefighters got a 4.5 percent raise last year, and now they will not agree to keeping their pay flat this year?? That is shameful and obscene. Everyone in the community is being asked to share the pain and the firefighters should as well.

Maybe it is time that Mountain View looks to outsourcing fire service - other cities have done this, and if the Mountain View firefighters continue to think that 4.5 percent increase for a 2-year period is not enough, then maybe we should outsource them.

Posted by sue, a resident of Castro City
on Jun 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

Thank you to the City Manager for another great year and great job of
keeping this city intact compared to other cities.

Posted by Another Concerned Citizen, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I agree, shame on the firefighters for not doing their share. Stop the quibbling and just pass up an annual raise like the other city employees have done.

Posted by Concerned, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I could not agree more with the comments posted. The other bargaining units have made concessions to help balance the budget but the Fire Department thus far refuses to share the load. As a direct result of their refusal several additional City employees will lose their jobs. Does the Fire Department employees really believe that under these economic times they are entitled to a pay raise, especially when other city employees will lose their jobs? Why are the cuts in the Police Department and other Departments when they have already been cut and not the Fire Department, since they are the only ones unwilling to assist the City in these tough economic times? Enough is enough, City leadership and Council members please do not let this continue. I am not sure what options the City Manager has in this matter but all avenues should be explored. I wish someone would explain this to the citizens of Mountain View.

Posted by le dude, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2010 at 4:32 am

"The draft budget would increase fees for recreation and other services."

Read it folks, in black and white.

Hardly sounds like they are pulling anything off other than handing the good citizens of MV another bill.

As far as the MVFD, we are all a bunch of suckers to be continually blackmailed by them while the city government wrings its hands

Posted by Citizen, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

Thank you City Council and City Manager. What a great job to keep our city in line next year financially. We do appreciate all the hard work that went into this.

I don't agree with "le dude" at all. The City Council worked hard to increase some fees across many avenues, while reducing where it could.

I also will not go as far as to vilify the Fire Fighters. Nobody here understands what is going on in those negiotiations. Our MVFD do a fantastic job for our city. Outsourcing is certainly NOT the answer. I am confident that the City will continue to work with the Union to finish their negiotiations, and get something that works for everyone.

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