Cuts, Layoffs Proposed for Burbank Unified After Failure of Measure Q
In November, Burbank voters rejected a $.10 parcel tax measure to fund local education. Now, school district officials say the chickens are coming home to roost.
Burbank Unified Supt. Matt Hill laid out a blistering budget deficit reduction plan last week. While it calls for a number of fundraising and leveraging options to help close the district’s $3.5 million structural shortfall, it also proposes more than a half dozen layoffs, the elimination of at least two positions, and cuts to departments such as music, math, English intervention, job training, and childhood development. Another major round of cuts would come out of the district office, with the elimination of two director and administrative assistant positions a likely possibility. The total savings are estimated at $1.9 million annually.
“The frustration, the pain, the anger toward myself and staff, we have all been going through the exact same things since Measure QS failed,” said Hill. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that was a punch in the gut.”
Hill added that the board may seek another parcel tax initiative for the 2020 ballot. In the meantime, he is urging all residents who supported the measure to donate $170 — the average amount that would have been levied per resident under Measure Q — to the Burbank Educational Foundation at befgives.org.
Layoff notices are expected to begin hitting employees as soon as March 15. Burbank Unified is slated to finalize the budget in June.
You can read more details about the deficit reduction plan here.