The Costa Mesa City Council voted Tuesday to approve the city's 2010-11 fiscal year budget after nearly three hours of back-and-forth debate and attempts by council members to save some of the programs and employees' jobs. Councilwoman Katrina Foley, refusing to support the layoffs, cast the sole dissenting vote.
The council voted to eliminate many city programs and 24 full-time positions. Twenty-six other positions were reduced to part time or left vacant. The city also plans to reduce hours for another 26 part-time positions to help balance the budget.
Costa Mesa is facing a projected $16.4-million deficit in next year's budget. The program cuts and layoffs account for about $8.4 million in savings. An $8 million deficit remains.