The budget cuts also could affect hourly workers, who would not be eligible for severance pay.
More than half the cuts come from the Public Works and Community Services & Parks departments, which will be forced to eliminate a range of family events, outings for local seniors and the city’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.
Protests from residents saved two library branches from the chopping block, although one would have been transformed into a community center and potential revenue generator.
Open-space programming at Deukmejian Wilderness Park and funding for the day laborer work center across from the Home Depot on San Fernando Road also was eliminated in the 2011-12 budget.
“This is the end of a very long budget journey,” Finance Director Bob Elliot said.
Also included in the budget is a range of new fees for city services, from animal licenses to permits, that city officials project will raise $1.3 million in the coming year.
“This is a prudent budget,” said Councilman Ara Najarian. “It is a responsible budget and most importantly it is a balanced budget.”
But even with the cuts, City Manager Jim Starbird has warned that the budget’s balance is precarious, since it relies on $3 million in savings from employee salary and benefit concessions — much of which has yet to materialize as city officials continue closed-door negotiations with the city’s employee unions.
The budget also relies on another $3 million in savings from a hiring freeze in place since 2009.