This letter is in response to the Lodinews.com article published May 13, “City of Lodi looks to add three new positions in coming fiscal year”:
Mr. Bartlam, the former city manager said, “The city has tens of millions of dollars in unfunded retirement liabilities due in the near future, and is a major financial problem that the city will have to address.”
The city’s employee retirement system CalPERS debacle has created a debt that the residents of the city will ultimately have to pay. To meet the demands of this retirement deficit, the city needs to think out of the box.
Why hire additional employees? The city has 394 qualified employees. The city just needs to utilize their employees more efficiently.
When the city creates a new position, that person performs one service for the city. There are numerous positions created that don’t require a 40-hour work week to perform. The city could merge some of these positions, and reclassify those positions.
Government is inefficient when managing its finances, and is one reason for yearly utility rate increases!