To prepare its proposed two-year budget for the City of Bainbridge Island, administrative staff operated on the assumption that “key City revenues” would remain flat for a while to come. To that end, Interim City Manager Morgan Smith issued a warning: “Given our forecasts, the city will be challenged to continue to deliver current services.”
Although the proposed budget tries to maintain the status quo by making just a few changes, if the budget is passed one change will certainly be unwelcome: cuts to a few jobs. If approved by the City Council, the budget will cut staffing by a total of 4.5 full-time employees. The cuts include the planned elimination of a full-time term-limited position in the Planning and Community Development Department. The budget also proposes the elimination of a manager and an administrative position in the Planning Department, both of which are filled, and a parking enforcement officer position in the Police Department, which is vacant. In addition, a full-time position in the Police Department would be reduced to half time.
City staff presented the proposed budget to the City Council Wednesday evening. The Council will now consider it over the next few weeks. They must pass an ordinance to adopt a budget for 2013 by the end of this year. They also need to endorse a budget for 2014.