More Potential Staff Cuts At City Hall

As reported by the Grapevine Courier, the Grapevine City Council is considering asking for more staff cuts to help with the fiscal year 2011 budget.  As a result of a projected reduction of $1.5 million in property tax revenue, these additional budget cuts are needed.

Already cut [read: fired] are 5 of the previously 57 positions at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau.  This is roughly 9% of the GCVB staff.  These cuts are already expected to save roughly $600,000.

Here are a couple of our favorite quotes from the article:

“The disappointment with me is we haven’t really eliminated positions or downsized since 2007, and nobody came here and recommended” laying off workers, Tate said. “I don’t know whether to blame the department heads or the city manager but it’s a big disappointment to me.” 

Sounds like Mayor Tate is pushing for more layoffs.  And maybe he forgot about the 5 people already downsized.

Other council members also expressed concern that the budget, which projects sales tax revenue will be flat for the next year, was too optimistic about the future.

“I’d feel more comfortable if we went in with an even more conservative approach,” Councilman Chris Coy said.

This seems fairly obvious (taking the conservative approach).  But hey, sometimes the obvious needs to be stated so that no one misses it.

We are probably in the minority here at Grapevine TX Online, but we feel like the economy is turning around.  A year ago, layoffs made more sense.  Today, layoffs appear to be “a day late” as they say.  Sometimes government can be a step behind.