At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, council members will receive a report by the City Council Fire Department Budget Task Force -- continuing a heated discussion from last week's meeting.
Last Tuesday, the Task Force looked for ways to avoid laying off four Milpitas Fire Fighters. The department has a $480,000 budgetary overrun through the first six months of the fiscal year due to absenteeism, and high overtime by fire service employees to cover the mandated staffing ratios.
Now the city is contemplating dipping into reserves to cover overtime costs, as well as utilizing a Dept. of Homeland Security Grant in order to fund six full-time firefighters for two years.
The council will also consider Mayor Esteves recommendations for appointments and reappointments to six Milpitas commissions including the Community Advisory Commission and Economic Development Commission.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Milpitas City Hall.