Oroville Takes Preventative Measures to Avoid Bankruptcy in Near Future

Oroville City Hall will be closing its doors every Friday starting May 1st, a move that comes after the city has struggled financially and has failed to meet sufficient staff levels.

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 5:49 PM

Oroville, Calif. -- Oroville City Hall will be closing its doors every Friday starting May 1st, a move that comes after the city has struggled financially and has failed to meet sufficient staff levels.

The Oroville City Council voted Tuesday to reduce Oroville City Hall hours.

"Unless we look at other options, the city is going to be in bankruptcy in two to three years," said Oroville Mayor Linda Dahlmeier.

"There will still be some activities that are happening still through City Hall, however, all public facing activities will be Monday through Thursday," said Wilma Compton, Interim Director of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce.

The staff that is present on Fridays is often unable to help visitors who come in on those days due to some staff furloughs.

"I think it's just an extension of the paycuts that have already happened," said Compton.

Mayor Linda Dahlmeier said Oroville isn't the only city making decisions like this.

"That's one thing I really want to point out, not only are we going through this, but so are most cities in the state of California. You have the increase in CalPERS, which is effecting anybody on the CalPERS system," said Dahlmeier.

How will Oroville work to get back from its financial struggles?

"You know we do have new businesses opening and hopefully there will be some taxes coming our way, but you just never know," said Dahlmeier.

Mayor Dahlmeier said she's looking to put a tax increase on the ballot this November in addition to considering other revenue options.

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