There is a $1.1 billion shortfall in the most recent budget Michael Bloomberg presented to city lawmakers, according to the Independent Budget Office, which just released its analysis of that presentation.
The gap mainly comes from the IBO projecting lower tax revenues than the mayor is expecting.
Also, that gap “could increase” because of contracts with the United Federation of Teachers and District Council 37, which are up for renewal this year, the IBO report says.
The report says the majority of job cuts the mayor is banking on to help reduce labor costs are not primarily coming from city agencies.
“Although not typically counted towards city job cuts, about half the total layoffs accounted for in the Mayor’s plan would come at organizations other than city agencies, including more than 900 in the library systems and 400 at cultural institutions.”
Also, this passage is worth noting:
“Based on the Mayor’s plan, IBO estimates that total spending will grow from $61.0 billion in 2009 to $72.3 billion in 2013. Although the Mayor’s budget plan shows a decline in spending between 2009 and 2010, the actual level of funds used to provide services in 2010 is higher than presented,” the report says.