MARTINEZ (KCBS) – Contra Costa County officials say it’s difficult to get a hold on exactly what needs to be chopped this year, but there is consensus that there will be serious reductions.
At an informal budget session, County Administrator David Twa told top leaders the country is facing a minimum $45 million shortfall. He said part of that is due to pensions.READ MORE: Brush Fire Burns In North San Jose, Milpitas Along Coyote Creek Area
“Of that $45 million that I’ve talked about, $20 million plus represents pension costs,” he said.
KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:
Twa said employees will need to contribute more to their pensions or take a reduction in salary and benefits.READ MORE: Drought Depleting Bay Area Reservoirs, Driving Urgent Need For Conservation
Rollie Katz of Public Employees Union, Local 1 said management as well as employees should have to sacrifice.
“There really is a need to flatten the organization,” he said.
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