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Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

To balance the fiscal 2009-'10 budget, Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson has proposed the consolidation of several departments and the elimination of 10 positions – eight of which are already being vacated.

Marana would save $435,000 with the reorganization effort, which was scheduled for town council consideration at its Tuesday, June 2 meeting.

If the proposal is approved, the town's public works and operations and maintenance departments would be combined, its building safety department would be consolidated into the engineering department and the planning department, and the command level of the police department would be restructured, according to a Monday release.

No front-line positions "that provide direct services to citizens would be affected by the restructuring," the release said.

Ten positions would be eliminated. All but two of the employees in those positions have found other jobs, retired or decided to participate in the town's separation incentive program. Two positions, the operations and maintenance director and the assistant chief of police, would not be funded in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Barbara Harris is the assistant chief of police; Mike Mencinger is the operations and maintenance director, according to public information officer Rodney Campbell.

Nine other positions in the proposed budget have been identified as "at-risk," and would be the first considered for possible elimination "if no other cost-cutting measures could be identified to close additional shortfalls created by actions that the state legislature might take."

Employees in those jobs have been given notice so they may take advantage of the town's worker recession assignment program, which could provide them with alternative work assignments.

"The town's organizational structure is based on previous assumptions that it would have a rapid rate of population growth in a short period of time," Davidson said. "In order to position the town for the future in a fiscally responsible manner, our organizational structure must reflect our new fiscal reality and growth projections."

The town's reorganization would take effect July 1.

Marana faced a $5.2 million deficit in fiscal 2009-'10 before the restructuring. It is cutting $2.5 million in spending, transferring $1.6 million from the transportation fund, raising $600,000 in extra revenues and receiving $497,000 in voluntary contributions from employees.

Marana's proposed budget for the new year is $195.36 million.

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