For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Grace Maguire, Assistant to the City Manager, (510) 981-7000

Reduced Services Days Help Balance Budget

Berkeley, California (Monday, December 12, 2005) - When the Berkeley City Council voted last June to adopt the City's budget, it also decided to continue a one-day per month reduced services measure throughout the fiscal year to help balance the General Fund deficit. As a result, City offices and services have been closed or curtailed during the last Friday of each month since July 2005. Exceptions to this schedule occurred during Thanksgiving weekend. During the month of December, certain City services and programs will be closed from December 26 through January2, 2006, (inclusive of holidays) and then February, when no reduced services are planned.

The actual reduced services dates are listed below:

December 27 to December 30, 2005 (December 26 is an observed holiday)

Friday, January 27, 2006

(No reduced services day in February)

Friday, March 24, 2006

Friday, April 28, 2006

Friday, May 26, 2006

Friday, June 23, 2006

Reduced Services:

During this time, services located at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Civic Center Building (2180 Milvia), the Finance Customer Service Center (1947 Center), and the Permit Service Center (2120 Milvia) will not be available.The City has made already made arrangements to extend the citation payment periods to allow for the week-long closure during the month of December.

Except for the last week in December, a " Drop Box" will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the lobby of 1947 Center Street to collect payments for citations, fees, and licenses, etc.

Open and Available Services

The following services will be available during those days:

Police and Fire Departments

Senior Centers

Main and Branch Libraries

Animal Shelter

Public Works Transfer Station and Corporation Yard

Health Clinic at 830 University Street (Partial Services)

Other county and local governments such as San Jose, San Carlos, Palo Alto, and Stanislaus and Los Angeles Counties have adopted similar temporary measures  in years past to balance their budgets. Click here to view City service availability. Residents are advised to call ahead to determine whether the office providing a service desired will be open, (510) 981-CITY or 981-2489.