City Manager Outlines Plan to Balance Budget

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega wants a long-term hiring freeze and plans to offer incentives for hundreds of employees to retire early.

During a Mayor and Council retreat last Friday, Ortega introduced several measures to bring a structural balance to Tucson's operational spending plan over the next two fiscal years.

The immediate hiring freeze would save the City about $12 million next fiscal year, with additional savings in early retirements, attrition, consolidations, partnerships, and other measures.

Ortega plans to hold several employee town halls to answer questions and address concerns.