March 21, 2010

City Council Budget Workshop Monday Night

The San Leandro City Council will meet on Monday, March 22, 2010, for a workshop and presentation of the preliminary general fund budget for 2010-2011. The City Council will attempt to address an expected $7 million deficit.

A preliminary budget was presented to the Finance Committee on March 2, 2010. The proposed budget calls for reducing personnel by 64 full-time equivalents (FTEs) from the previous year, though most of the reductions are through attrition. This is in addition to the monthly furlough day that reduces salaries by 4.6% for everyone but the police and fire departments.

Optimistic financial projections by Interim Finance Director Perry Carter have meant that the budget has had to be revised regularly to address decreased revenues from sales tax and property tax. While the adjustment process is normal throughout any year, the changes this year, and in recent years, have been consistently and dramatically downward.

Proposed reductions to Recreation Programs include closing Farrelly and the Boys and Girls Club pools, elimination of adult sports progams, cutting the hours of the Family Aquatics Center by 25%, and elimination of all community events, including the Cherry Festival and tree lighting.

Proposed library reductions include closing the San Leandro History Museum and Art Gallery, reduced hours at the Main and Manor libraries, keeping the Mulford-Marina and South Branch Libraries open with temporary foundation funding, and elimination of library community programs, cultural programs, and book clubs.

The proposed half-year elimination of a ladder truck and elimination of a deputy fire marshal with the Alameda County Fire Department are expected to save $950,000 from last year. Reserve funds will be used to pay for the ladder truck for the first half of the year with the hope that passage of a sales tax in November will fund the remainder of the year.

In Community Development, the recently enacted Climate Action Plan will be suspended, the permit center hours will be reduced to 50% of business hours, and all long-range planning and land use and development policy analysis will be suspended.

The Police Department will lose five uniformed officers, including a motorcycle officer dedicated to traffic enforcement and the school resource officer allocated to city middle schools. No funding for school crossing guards is in the proposed budget.

The complete list of proposed cuts can be seen in the finance committee presentation.

The City Council workshop starts at 7pm on Monday, March 22, 2010, in the City Council Chamber at 835 E. 14th Street and not in the South Offices Conference Room where workshops usually take place.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at March 21, 2010 11:31 PM | TrackBack
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