BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
Palo Alto City Manager Ed Shikada said he is volunteering for a 20% pay cut because of city financial issues caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.
The city is trying to trim $39 million off next year’s budget.
City unions are supposed to get pre-negotiated pay raises worth $5 million on July 1.
The council tonight spent two-and-a-half hours in a closed-door discussion with their negotiators who will be meeting with union leaders.
Shikada said tonight that city management and professionals will lead the way when it comes to pay cuts. He said he will bring 15% pay cuts for city management before council. Shikada said he will be taking an additional 5% cut.
Shikada makes $356,013 before benefits. A 20% cut would be $71,203.
More details about the cuts are supposed to come out Thursday when the next city council agenda is released.