SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — San Bernardino city officials have voted to borrow from restricted funds to be able to continue paying the salaries of city employees as the bankrupt city continues its severe financial struggles.
The San Bernardino Sun reports that interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller told the City Council Wednesday night that, without the loan, the city would not make payroll this week.
San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy Aug. 1 and is trying to bridge a $45.8 million budget deficit.
Travis-Miller recommends cuts, and says the city’s deficit grows by $125,000 every day.
There is a proposal to reduce salaries and benefits to retain $15.66 million every year through cuts to non-emergency city departments.
Job cuts, elimination of vacant positions and retirements to police and fire department officials could garner about $12 million.
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