Mayor Chuck Reed has a big problem ahead of him. San Jose is faced with a $100 million shortfall, which means the city is going to have to eviscerate its budget. To achieve that end, he’s planning a budget study session for next week.
So what will end up on the chopping block? Library hours could be the first to suffer, followed by neighborhood centers. Other suggestions include eliminating the SJPD’s Mounted Unit, though the police are already up in arms about that. He could go ahead with a 5 percent cut in pay and benefits for city employees, but then he would face the wrath of the unions, which are already upset about layoffs and compulsory furloughs.
One thing is certain—city officials will have to be creative. After all, its starting to seem increasingly likely that they’ll have to do the same thing again next year.
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