Dunn was asked by the council during a special meeting earlier this month to include cost estimates for his long-term recommendations to save $2 million in the budget annually.
"All I'm really asking for is for them to authorize me to go ahead and explore this stuff," Dunn said. "That's all I'm expecting, just authorization to explore it and bring each item back individually."
During the Nov. 7 special meeting, the council agreed to make $229,000 in cuts and transfer $250,000 from the gas tax fund if necessary in order to keep the city's finances from deteriorating further.
Councilwoman Debbie Stone asked the council to allow Dunn to move forward with his recommendations, but they wanted more information.
Stone said she hopes the council will make some decisions tonight.
"We have avoided making decisions while city financial reserves have continued to suffer," she said in an email. "We hired Stephen Dunn to do a job and we need to allow him to do it. Rather than continuing to postpone decisions, or sending things off to a committee, we need to listen to the options and take action."
The city's reserves have fallen from a projected $4.2 million to $932,000.
The long-term recommendations include exploring alternative ways to provide various city services such as fire, police, animal services, library, inspection services, fleet maintenance, information systems and engineering services.
Other long-term recommendations:
Selling the Fire Department's 100-foot ladder truck.
Renegotiating the contract for the air ambulance.
Running a paramedic-only unit out of Fire Station 2.
Brown-out a fire station to keep overtime costs down.
Asking employees for concessions.
If all city employees agree to pay their share of pensions, then the city would save $1.6 million citywide and $1.3 million in the general fund.
Councilman Brendan Brandt said he's hopeful that the city employees will work with the city and enter into new contracts that will help the city become fiscally sound, while continuing the high level of services residents expect.
He said he also think it's premature to look into outsourcing of services.
"The types of services that are being discussed are not things that we have done in the past in terms of outsourcing such as street sweeping and tree trimming," he said.
"The items that are being open for discussion are things that I believe would fundamentally change the way we work as a city and thus I'm hesitant to go down that path without exploring all our options with our employee groups."
Councilman Gino Filippi said he has confidence in Brandt's recommendations and agrees that the council needs a clearer picture before trying to solve the budget problems via piecemeal or eliminating whole departments.
Filippi views public safety and public works as the most crucial city services.
"If we unwind those - the police department and fire department - and then try to go back and regroup, we are going to have a larger problem. We have to think this through clearly before we reach for the knife."
Mayor Ray Musser said they need to look at every possibility in order to turn their fiscal situation around.
"Since June 30 we have lost another two or three-hundred-thousand and it tells us we are not on solid ground," he said. "We're still losing, so everything that we can possible look at has to be on the table."
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