City staff were mistakenly overpaid

Scotts Valley City Manager Mali LaGoe in June. (Marcello Hutchinson-Trujillo — Santa Cruz Local) 

10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 / Online and at 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley mistakenly overpaid some city employees from 2020 to 2023, according to a city staff report for the July 9 Scotts Valley City Council meeting. The council is expected to consider settlement agreements that would give the employees up to $300 for each year of overpayment to recoup tax refiling expenses. It’s not clear how many employees received overpayments.

The settlements could cost the city up to $72,500, city staff reported. The California retirement fund CalPers is expected to return excess retirement contributions to the city and the city would keep it. Under the agreement, the city would not require employees to return the extra pay.

The council is also expected to consider: 

  • Participation in a statewide settlement from retailer The Kroger Co. for opioid distribution. California is set to receive $1.2 billion, and Scotts Valley could receive about $11,000 over 11 years.
  • An end to health care benefits for council members elected after Nov. 1, 2024 Council members could still receive insurance but would pay the premiums, saving the city at an annual total of $200,000 or more. Council members earn a stipend of $489 per month, according to a city staff report.

—Jesse Kathan

To participate: Join on Zoom or call 669-900-9128, meeting ID 816 6451 3049. To give written comments, email [email protected] by 5 p.m. July 10. The meeting will be streamed on YouTube.

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A rendering shows a bus-on-shoulder design included in Highway 1 fixes through Santa Cruz County. (Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission)

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Last week we asked: What’s your dream for the future of Santa Cruz County? When you close your eyes and imagine a thriving Santa Cruz County in 20 or 50 years, what do you see? 

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“A vibrant downtown known for its great food and music. Affordable housing. A great network of biking lanes, public transportation.” —Carolyn Davidson, Santa Cruz

“I imagine a beautiful town with no high rises, no gangs, no homelessness, no traffic, a diverse population and clean.” —Kim Catanzaro, Santa Cruz

“More people living in all the spaces of the county. More diversity of income levels and everything else. Keep the conservation lines while adding more affordable, multifamily housing units near transit.” —Jim Goodrich, Santa Cruz 

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Jesse Kathan is a staff reporter for Santa Cruz Local through the California Local News Fellowship. They hold a master's degree in science communications from UC Santa Cruz.