The city of Morro Bay has lost money for two consecutive years, and continues to do so at a rate of $200,000 per month. It appears that the solution lies in either raising taxes and/or laying off one-third of our city employees. It was stated at the Feb. 14 City Council meeting that the past Council members planned to lose this money, balancing the loss by taking 1.8 million out of the reserves. However, our general reserves will be depleted this year.
We must plan to balance the budget if we do not see some financial change in income. Just selling city-owned properties to balance the budget is a bad approach, because these properties have become our reserve cushion. Spending following the 1995 flood shows the need for such reserves. Still some members of the Council insist there is not a crisis, and Mr. Peirce said itâ€™s â€œnot an ongoing problem.â€?
If we are spending more than we have coming in for this long, common sense tells us it is an ongoing problem. If Council members were losing this much money in their business at this rate, would they say itâ€™s not a problem? Perhaps they donâ€™t feel the pain because itâ€™s not out of their own pockets!