In Saturday’s (4/17) Orange County Register (California), Sean Emery reports, “City leaders faced with plummeting sales tax revenue may be forced to cut back on community concerts, consolidate after-school and summer programs, delay construction of new public facilities and dip into $14 million in reserve funds. The City Council this week got an early look at a proposed 2010-11 fiscal-year budget that estimates sales-tax revenue at its lowest point in 12 years, resulting in a budget hole of at least $17 million. … Officials have already begun instituting cost-saving measures, such as holding off on filling 71 full-time positions and closely watching training and supply costs. Among the proposed budget cuts for the coming fiscal year are: A hiatus on the city-sponsored Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts, the annual Pacific Symphony concert and the Joyful Jingles concerts, which is expected to save the city $42,000. … Reducing the city’s financial support of the Irvine Barclay Theater from $925,000 this fiscal year to $750,000.”

Posted April 19, 2010