Bremerton Asks Employees for Furloughs

This information is somewhat preliminary, but Mayor Cary Bozeman said the city is going to employees to ask them to accept taking one furlough day a month for the rest of the year. The request is part of the city’s effort to identify how it can save money to meet a projected $3.9 million hole in the 2009 budget.

During the council’s meeting a week ago, Andy Parks, Bremerton’s Financial Services Director Andy Parks, outlined ways the city had found to fill $2.5 million of the gap. That left $1.4 million. Parks said he planned to deliver more ideas at the council’s March 25 meeting. This would appear to be one of them.

The mayor said this will help prevent layoffs, but that layoffs are probably going to happen even if employees agree to this plan. He’s hopeful there won’t be, but is not optimistic.

“We don’t want to keep doing this. We don’t know where the bottom is in terms of the economy,” he said. The city has to look ahead and plan for the possibility that the economy could get worse.

The city is also asking employees to let the city stop contributing to the retirement packages employees have that are separate from their pensions. The city contributes 4 percent of the employee’s salary to the fund, which the employees can match.

I’m still trying to speak with Parks and with a union representative.

8 thoughts on “Bremerton Asks Employees for Furloughs

  1. This is Tim Eyman’s fault. His stupid less than 1% property tax cap does not keep up with inflation. It is 1% increase on last years amount taxed not the tax rate so it eventually starves and destroys local goverments.

  2. Hey, Jake…

    Everytime you want to say “Tim Eyman”, substitute “a majority of the voting public” and you’ll be more accurate.

  3. although neither “Tim Eyman” nor “a majority of the voting public” is responsible for Mayor Bozeman’s over-extending his city’s finances on pet ego-monument projects.

  4. A majority of the voting public also has elected Democrats to run Washington State for a couple of decades now.

    We live in a constitutional representative democracy not a mob rule dictatorship and we need sound fiscal policy now more than ever. That includes everyone who should be paying their fair share of taxes actually paying their property taxes.

    The system is broken and needs to be vastly reformed. It is still way to easy to buy your way to put an stupid proposal on the ballot and way to easy to pass it by overspending enough on ads. It is legislation through corrupt advertizing.

    Tim Eyman is an un-electable psychopath and everyone that has been suckers into his scams should be ashamed of themselves because this is their fault.

  5. “…everyone that has been suckers into his scams should be ashamed of themselves because this is their fault.”

    I think the people who voted for Eyman’s initiatives did so after their message to “prioritize spending” was repeatedly ignored by those Democrats who have “run Washington State for a couple of decades now”.

    “…we need sound fiscal policy now more than ever.”

    And who is going to give us that? Those Democrats who have “run Washington State for a couple of decades now” and have gotten us into a $9 Billion hole (even as our critical infrastructure and services crumble!)? Yes, Tim Eyman limited how deep they can reach into our pockets, but KNOWING those limitations Christine Gregoire still hired 6,000 new state workers during her first term.

    “…That includes everyone who should be paying their fair share of taxes actually paying their property taxes.”

    I’ll go you one better… Everyone who should be paying their fair share of taxes should be paying ALL their taxes. Take a look at the long list of special interest sales tax exemptions cataloged in RCW 82.08. Those were granted by those Democrats who have “run Washington State for a couple of decades now”. In that long list of beneficiaries, you know which group DOESN’T have an exemption? The common working man. Every industry that can cobble together enough lobbying money has been able to get a loophole from those Democrats who have “run Washington State for a couple of decades now”. Tribes – as major supporters – are exempt from EVERYTHING. There is a piece of legislation pending RIGHT NOW that would require an individual tribal member to present identification in order to claim his exemption from the sales tax.

    Maybe if they hadn’t paid off all their supporters, they would have PLENTY of money and we might never have heard of Tim Eyman. Of course if they hadn’t paid off all their supporters, they might not have “run Washington State for the past couple of decades”.

  6. And as for “corrupt advertising”…

    What, like, Christine’s campaign assurances that we do not have a budget deficit?

  7. With a career history of awards for innovative management and
    results-driven leadership, Mike Shepherd, City Councilman (District 5) and candidate for Mayor of Bremerton, is already putting ideas on the table to deal with the increasing economic challenges facing the city. “The budget shortfalls faciing us right now are not a surprise,” Shepherd states. “I, and other councilmembers, objected to the current mayor’s proposed budget in 2007 and last fall, but ‘want’ trumped ‘need’ once again, and the cuts we proposed were not adopted.” Shepherd believes that sacrifices will be needed at all levels of city government, and he proposes starting at the top. “I would vote now to see the salary for mayor reduced in the next administration. I’d like to see the Council reduce it by, at a minimum, $20,000. I believe that if Bremerton’s citizens are having to tighten their belts, I, as their next mayor, should too.”

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