According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Grapevine’s City Counsel has approved a consulting group to evaluate the number of city employees in Grapevine. This likely will create some uncertainty within the City staff.
From the article:
Councilman Shane Wilbanks said the study will likely “bring about a great deal of concern among employees.” Weatherly said the firm will make clear that it is not reviewing individual employees’ performances.
Here is our prediction / opinion:
The consulting group will come in and do an evaluation at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars to the City of Grapevine. They will later find that Grapevine is in line with other cities of similar size or revenue or expense or whatever metric that will fit with other cities. No jobs will be lost. This is simply a “cover your butt” exercise by city leadership. They want to be able to point to a fact that a study was done saying staffing is appropriate in the city. They are not looking to lay anyone off.
Besides, the City of Grapevine and the Visitor’s Bureau already laid off roughly 8 or 9 workers back in the September time frame of 2010. There is no reason to go any further with the way the economy is recovering. Sales tax revenues have grown year-over-year for the past six months. Grapevine’s budget planned for flat sales tax revenues versus last year. So at this point, all indications are that fiscal year 2011 will have higher revenues than planned which is an outcome we predicted on these pages last August.
The question to city staff is who do you want to be in your interview? Are you going to be like Peter? Or are you going to be Milton?