The community I work for is facing a large budget deficit for next year. At a recent City Council meeting a council member stated that the City needs to restructure itself by cutting services that weren't required by state statutes and by combining services with the county.
I'm interested on how this may be done and how this may effect my planning department. How have the communities you work for restructured their local governments (i.e contracting out, eliminate local commissions, etc)?
Are their any other unique or creative strategies that your community has implemented that does not result in staff reductions?