I got the official job offer this afternoon. I knew that it would be a pay cut. When I looked at the pay scale for the job's categorization, I thought it would be like a $9K pay cut. (Yes, that is still big.)
Instead it's a $15K pay cut. And the HR person isn't the one authorized to do salary negotiations. So tomorrow morning I am going to call the boss and see what I can do to make sure that I at least am not making less than I was making when I started working for the city.