Major Shake-Up at Williams Lake City Hall
Williams Lake, B.C. – Some major changes to start off the new year at Williams Lake City Hall.
Newly elected Mayor Walt Cobb says the City has eliminated eight positions in a bid to deal with a $2 million dollar budgetary shortfall.
“Yes, we have laid off eight people, or determined that eight positions were redundant. I don’t like that word but anyway that’s what we’ve done.
Those positions include:
Manager of Social Development
Manager of Information Technology
Manager of Economic Development
Fire Hall receptionist
By-law enforcement officer, Engineering technologist
Planner, and Manager of Transportation and Buildings (this position was eliminated through attrition)
Cobb figures the layoffs will save the City $450,000 to $500,000 this year, over $1 million next year and another $4 million over the next five years,
He figures it won’t sacrifice the quality of city services.
“We have to make sure we can maintain our streets, roads, fire protection, and water/sewer. Those are our main services and we feel we can still do it with less staff.”
Cobb adds the changes were necessary to avoid a major tax hike down the road.
“If we didn’t do something about the $2 million shortfall, it could mean a 20% increase in taxation. We have some reserve accounts we can take out but it still left a horrendous overrun and we couldn’t have that kind of tax hike.”