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Budget Woes Close City of Watsonville for Two-Week Holiday

In recent years, City employees have taken a pay cut and more days off to avoid layoffs.

Contributed by the City of Watsonville:

The City of Watsonville announced Monday that City facilities will be closed starting Dec. 24 and will reopen Jan. 7, 2013 due to the holiday season and budget reductions.

In the last four years, most employees have forgone ten percent of pay in exchange for working fewer hours per week and having additional closure days during the holiday season. This was necessary to balance the budget as the city continues to experience declining revenues in this down economy.

Essential services such as police, fire, building inspections, airport, water turn-on and garbage collection will not be affected by this closure.

In 2011, city employees agreed to pay concessions for Fiscal Years 2011-2013 which helped avoid major layoffs and assisted the city in dealing with a $1.9 million General Fund deficit. Reducing services during this holiday period was an important part of providing sufficient savings to offset the deficit.

The General Fund is where most services are funded (police, fire, parks & community services, code enforcement, building and community development, public works, finance and administration).

Call 831-471-1151 for water turn-on or water-related emergency service requests. Dial 911 for health and safety emergencies. For building inspection requests and code enforcement complaints, call and leave a message on the Community Development Department inspection request line 831-768-3060.

For more information regarding the holiday closure visit the city website at www.cityofwatsonville.org.

Keyzer Soze December 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
But the city can pay for all the white lights on the trees down town (not the donated lights at the plaza). Wasted $$$$$$$ everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!
randy December 19, 2012 at 04:37 PM
CARLOS.. Thought you "argued" with Martinez saying the city was in GREAT shape. Hummm so what is this "This was necessary to balance the budget as the city continues to experience declining revenues in this down economy" Keyzer.. there is a lot of wasted money. Look at the salary of the City Manager in comparison to other cities. And who gets the cars, gas, per diem, etc furnished? LOTS of people. Check all the wages. Beatrix doesn't do too bad either. PATCH. Why not post the link so people can find this info out. Randy just stating strong opinion
Russell Rickman December 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Who is paying for the up coming Election to vote on trying to get a large box store around the end of riverside. Costco has gas station right...should help the one down there recover his cost rebuilding his station.
Wastonville gun guy December 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
This has been covered before. There is no way that Watsonville will ever get a CostCo as long as the current demographics are in place. Too many low end illegals and not enough middle class people to support the store. Besides the CostCo people are afraid to come to this little town fearing a drive by.
Wastonville gun guy December 26, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Now, now, we can't reduce pay to the Brown Berets.
Cathy P. December 26, 2012 at 07:12 PM
"necessary to balance the budget" my arce! City employees have been getting the shaft by our so-called city leaders for the fourth year now. The people taking the 10% paycuts and furlows are the ones who can least afford it; how about the "fat cats" take 30% paycuts so that the lesser paid employees don't have to?

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