A number of budget unknowns this year means that even with the new fiscal year just around the corner, Glendale officials will be left in a state of flux.
At a City Council hearing Tuesday on Glendale's draft $165-million budget, officials said they were still waiting to see how many employees would take an early retirement option, and what the ultimate financial impact of the state's decision to eliminate local redevelopment would be.
“The watchword of this budget process is ‘uncertainty,'” City Manager Scott Ochoa said.
Officials have taken to eliminating jobs this year to help close a $15.4-million budget gap after undertaking deep program cuts last year. The city's position was made worse when Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature killed local redevelopment, sapping millions in property tax revenues that had been used to pay for staff salaries and benefits.
Ochoa had hoped to convince 150 employees to retire early as a way to minimize, or avoid, layoffs. As of Tuesday, 55 employees had agreed to retire, and the city expects another 30 to follow suit, according to a city report.