The Costa Mesa City Council may vote tonight on outsourcing many city functions, including fire and emergency medical services, park maintenance, building inspection, street maintenance and animal control.
If approved, nearly 200 employees could receive pink slips — a tally from the city budget's listings for the 18 services under consideration. That figure includes full-time employees and part-time equivalents. Some estimates of the total employees at risk have been lower, about 150.
Without those employees on payroll, the city could save on future pension costs, some officials contend.
The city's budget deficit is nearly balanced, so these savings would target long-term retirement costs. About $15 million of the city's $90-million budget pays for employee pensions. In the next five years, that figure could rise to more than $25 million, according to financial department projections.