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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:39 am, Wed May 18, 2011.

The Lodi City Council is in the middle of drafting a budget, and city staff gave reports on five of the departments' finances to the council on Tuesday.

The message? Employees need to agree to concessions, or else there will be widespread layoffs that affect services.

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  • Jackson Scott posted at 2:08 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Nice breakdowns Roy.

    I've been into the library a handful of times the past two months as I'm researching a paper. The one thing I have noticed on more than 3 times is that the library seems to be over-staffed.

    When I walk in or as I'm checking out a book there is 3 or 4 employees at the "checkout center." And at least 2 of them seem to be doing nothing, zero, zip, nada.

    And while I'm on the library, I wish they would kick out the loud talking people from Main Street (or homeless?). I asked them once to please quiet down & to use their library voice- needless to say I was greeted with a nasty retort of foul language & hand gestures. When I reported it to the staff upon leaving they just looked like they didn't care, or are afraid of the enforce the rules.

  • roy bitz posted at 1:34 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    The total estimated expenditures of those departments listed is about 19 million dollars. I believe this amount is about 10% Lodi's total annual spend.
    It appears all departments employee cost is expected rise in all five departments.

    Library expenditures $1.43 mil---employee cost increase $144k= 10% increase
    Transit expenditures $5.87 mil---employee cost increase $61k= 1% increase
    Streets expenditures $4.46 mil---employee cost increase $222k= 5% increase
    Community develop $1.30 mil---employee cost increase $149k= 11% increase
    Parks and recreation $6.30 mil-- employee cost increase $ 393k= 6% increase

    I don't believe folks working in the private sector are winning these kinds of increases.
    Get a grip people!

    Streets expenditures $4.46 mil---employee cost increase



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