June 15, 2004

San Leandro Budget Presentation

On Monday, June 14, 2004, San Leandro City Manager John Jermanis presented the proposed budget for the City of San Leandro to the City Council and the public.

The short story is that the city is facing a $9.35 million deficit because of a decrease of $2.1 million of revenue and an increase of $7.25 million in expenses. Unfortunately, many of the expenses can't be controlled by the City Council: things like contributions to the public employees retirement system (PERS), workers' compensation, the fire department contract, and elections.

Cuts are proposed for all departments, except for the fire department, which gets a 9% increase, and the police department, which gets a 14.5% increase. Proposed program reductions include $784,000 from the City Manager's Office, $167,000 from City Development, $185,000 from Engineering & Transporation, $75,000 from Finance, $89,000 from Human Resources, $450,000 from the Library, $623,000 from Public Works, and $331,000 from Recreation & Human Services.

The total workforce is expected to be reduced by about 12 people, some through elimination and others through attrition.

In the area of revenue enhancement, three options were presented:

  1. a parcel tax split evenly between residential and commercial that would raise a total of $5.85 million. Each homeowner would end up paying $95/year and each commercial property owner would pay $34 per thousand square feet.
  2. a parcel tax split 60% residential and 40% commercial that would raise a total of $5.85 million. Each homeowner would end up paying $126/year and each commercial property owner would pay $27 per thousand square feet.
  3. increase business license fees by 260% (yes that's 260%) to raise $2.85 million and cut $2.7 million in public safety expenditures (one fire engine company, nine sworn police officers and two non-sworn)

Only eight people came forward with comments on the proposed budget. Three people spoke out against the proposed cuts to the library (including the author of this article). Three people representing apartment owners and Chuck Pershing of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce spoke out against the parcel tax and in favor of increasing the business license fee.

Contact information for the San Leandro City Council can be found here. Contact them and let them know how you feel about the proposed budget.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at June 15, 2004 12:06 AM | TrackBack
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