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City Wants to Incentivize Top-Paid Workers to Leave

Faced with a $300,000 budget deficit, Novato wants to urge workers already thinking about leaving to take next step

The city of Novato wants to revive an incentive program aimed at encouraging employees who may be thinking about leaving to take the next step. The program would award $25,000 to any worker who voluntarily leaves and is part of the ongoing fiscal sustainability measures the city is looking at as a way to eliminate the $300,000 budget deficit.

The idea is to then rehire at a lower cost or restructure the vacant position by combining it with an existing one.

“The program could be used if someone wants to leave to start their own business or is concerned about paying their healthcare costs (when no longer employed),” said Dan Weekley, a human resources manager for the city.

The City Council is set to vote on the program at Tuesday’s council meeting. If approved, it would bring back the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program that was in place from April 2011 until this June.

Tuesday’s council meeting starts at 6:30pm.

Click here to see the full agenda.
Eleanor Sluis December 02, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Thank you -However, The Headline of reducing the costliest jobs is a partial explanation. The jobs reduction is for those who have been working for the city for ten years and refers to those making $72,000 a year. There is no idea of how much money will be saved-as the info says that new jobs for less might be created. There is no explanation of what the new jobs will be. It calls into question whether city management of the city and its personnel is effective or not. Noting in the last year, about $450,000 was spent in hiring new personnel to promote building new malls for money for the city and bringing bio-tech jobs and questioning whether this was the best use of Measure F funds is the reduction of staff for unknown savings that important? ++++++++++Moreover, having almost the same power point promoting an extension of the sales taxes may be seen as an affront to Novato’s residents when they see the improper use of Measure F funds now. The priorities remain-fix the sewers, streets, and hire additional police. Protect seniors, children and families at crosswalks, schools, and home. Keeping the streets clean and homes safe is the best advertisement for businesses to come to Novato and residents to be proud of their home town. fiscal sustainability community update presentation-------------------------------------------------------- ci.novato.ca.us/agendas/pdfstaffreports/cc120313%20I-7.pdf‎ ----------------------------------------- http://www.ci.novato.ca.us/?page=636&recordid=6391&returnURL=%2findex.aspx
Eleanor Sluis December 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Sorry- I should say fix the storm drains,which is done by the city while fixing the sewers issue is the Sanitary District's job.
Mark Burnham December 02, 2013 at 10:20 PM
They should bump it to $50,000 for each city council member that resigns.
M. Calwald December 02, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I was reading in comments on another blog on The Patch about City Manager Michael Frank's sweetheart deal of a $664,000 home loan from the city of Novato, for his big home in the hills. Frank pays less than $200.00 a month interest only without any principle payments. If the city council and city manager really cared about Novato they would ask Michael Frank to give the money back so we could use it toward our infrastructure. Instead Frank wants to push for another sales tax hike so he can continue to enjoy his plum job.
Sam December 03, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Quit crying after the fact !. If you want one of your great ideas put into action, You must do it on election day or shut up . All you need to do is start an e mail campaign and get 1500 voters like the save Novato people did and you can rule the city from your computer.
Dave Robertson December 03, 2013 at 02:56 PM
When did this city just figure out it was broke? It's been a bad state of affairs for a very long time, and (budgetary restrictions aside), they could have been far more careful about whee they spent their money and how much. Yes and people like Michael Frank are just the type of overpaid position that this city does not need. We need people with a sense of how to live within their means, not kids on a shopping spree.
Regan Taylor December 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM
What happened to that almost 1/2 a million we're supposed to get back from the county?
Dave Robertson December 03, 2013 at 07:16 PM
It seems to me that the city is boxed itself in with high salaries and union contracts that do not allow reductions in wages of current employees. If not, then another round of layoffs will occur. Instead of misusing Measure F funds in ways which make many of us nauseated, can the City intead use Measure F funds to staff positions with contract workers. These are basic workaround which are used in industry, especially in the last few years. What this all reeks of to me is that the upper echelon employees want pay raises and the only way to free up the salary money is to eliminate (presumably lower paid) employees. I guess the metaphor is that the chiefs want more money and want to get rid of a few Indians to free up the cash in the budget. All this potentially takes advantage of the people employed by the city in desperate need of cash ASAP (like to save their mortgage) and who will forfeit their jobs to get that cash. The statement by the HR Manager, Dan a Weekly, makes no sense to me. The ACA did not throw cobra coverage out the window. As far as I know, even in 2014 - laid off employees still qualify for Cobra benefits of the City's health plan. I expect this is far more affordable and far more comrehensive than anything the ACA could give you. ........ As a final though, doesn't this all seem pretty disgusting as the city opens their doors on their brand new $15M+ office building that was supposed to house the very same staff they now want to get rid of? Can anyone running this city do the least bit of financial planning? Projects and programs fly all over the map like they were devised by a crocodile with ADD!
Joe Robinson December 06, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Careful Dave. The "Chiefs & Indians" metaphor can now be considered "racist". And you know where all of that BS leads.

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