Monterey to Lay Off 82 Workers

Eighty-two Monterey employees will soon be out of work as the city grapples with and enormous budget crisis. The city council has voted to reduce 106 positions overall in an effort to help close a $10 million deficit for the fiscal year. The cuts will impact Parks and Recreation, the Monterey County Conference Center, and libraries.

Drastic reductions in hotel revenue have put the city in a bind. Monterey expects to lose up to $5.3 million or 28% of its 2019-2020 General Fund revenue.

City Manager Hans Uslar believes revenue losses of $1 million to $2.2 million per month are foreseeable even after the layoffs. By contrast, the position cuts will only save the city an estimated $681,000 a month.

“I can tell you right now that I'm fearful that number will change. And it will not change for the better," Uslar said, as reported by KSBW.

According to KSBW, “the City Manager and the City Attorney have volunteered to reduce salaries by 10% beginning May 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020 and delay the July 1, 2020 salary increase to January 1, 2021.”

Monterey’s layoffs will take effect June 2.