The city of Oroville is looking at what one councilman calls a "perfect financial storm". The city needs to make up a budget hole of more than 2 million dollars by July First, when it must adopt a balanced budget. The loss of Redevelopment was the big hit, along with other state cuts and the loss of sales tax. Oroville Councilman Dave Pittman says the council looked at either furloughs or layoffs, and chose the layoffs. Interim City Administrator Peter Constentini then came up with a layoff plan for the city's 124 workers.
The second round of layoffs will help pay for costs associated with the first round of layoffs, or the city might look at a loan. Oroville leaders will be grappling with these issues in a series of budget hearings that begin Wednesday and continue through the month.