Through data obtained by public records requests and interviews, here’s how officials plan to offset the shortfall, which consists of at least four layoffs:
• $250,000: Taking this additional amount from a fire equipment and vehicle fund, subsidized mostly through ambulance billing.
In past years, city officials took $150,000 annually from this account. In 2014, they expect to take $400,000 — a $250,000 increase — from this account.
• $184,300: Laying off four fulltime firefighters.
These layoffs should occur by May, tentatively reducing full-time fire department staffing levels from 53 to 49.
• $94,400: Various fire department cuts.
These reductions include eliminating $42,600 in overtime, scrapping $41,800 in taxpayer-funded physicals and physical fitness bonuses and $10,000 in training.
• $176,000: Extra money from the federal government for fire employment.
Three years ago, the fire department obtained a $1 million grant to employ six full-time firefighters. The grant, however, expired in December, forcing fire commanders to implement layoffs.
But local fire commanders still banked $176,000 without spending the funds.
The federal government allowed city officials to keep this money for salaries, which should last until May.
• $72,500: Various police department cuts with no reductions to staffing levels.
• $322,800: The leftover or outstanding amount needed to cut.
Officials could cover this amount from the city’s savings, or reserves account, totaling $4.2 million today.
But keep in mind: Officials need a robust savings account, ideally 25 percent of their total budget, to help obtain lower interest rates for construction projects and to bail themselves out of any finance-zapping emergencies.
Additional layoffs or other reductions to city services would could also occur.