OAKDALE -- With a 2009-10 budget in sight that would allow the city to maintain a 20 percent reserve, the Oakdale City Council on Monday decided to continue budget talks for at least one more week in an effort to save a few more dollars.
Negotiations with the Oakdale Police Officers' Association have resulted in the union agreeing to a health plan adjustment.
City Manager Steve Hallam complimented the officers on their willingness to be creative and asked the council to delay a vote in light of the officers' continuing effort toward finding additional ways to save money.
"We have agreed with the officers on a plan that would result in a 5 percent reduction in costs," Hallam said. "The officers, to their credit, are still working hard to see what they can do to save more money and protect sworn positions."
Off the table, Hallam said, was the officers' initial cost-cutting plan that included the elimination of the police chief position.
The proposed $9 million budget reflects a 16.6 percent decrease from the $10.8 million budget of 2008-09. The council asked for the reduction in the general fund after anticipating falling sales and property tax revenues and rising demands on the general fund.
The council asked each of its five bargaining groups to trim 15 percent from its budgets, starting with a 5 percent wage reduction.
The council must pass a budget before the end of the month and does not have another meeting scheduled for June. Hallam said the council is likely to call a special meeting June 22 or June 29.
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