Budget Shortfall Gets Bigger
- “In fact, as we look toward 2009, we will meet the most challenging budget the city has faced in decades,” Chief Financial Officer Paul Volpe said as he released the preliminary budget estimates.
A property tax hike is off the table (allegedly), so expect higher user fees, fines, permits, stickers and other standbys. Oh yeah, lots of layoffs, too. But where the hell did they get this number?
- Currently, the city employs 38,760 people. Volpe said that figure is nearly 2,900 fewer than in 1990, despite the addition of 1,000 officers to the Police Department.
1,000 officers? Over what period of time? 1,000 officers 18 years ago doesn't do us much good when we've had over 4,000 retirements over those same 18 years.
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