Tonight the City Council is slated to adopt next year’s budget for the City. The big cut is, of course, the shuttering of the City’s jail operations which means that the Police budget has been nipped $1.81 million the largest amount monetarily of all departments, but not proportionally to the department budget. According to the Staff report, other than the loss of internal jail services, Alamedans should see no reductions in direct services provided and next year’s budget — at least — will maintain the 20% reserve per City Council policy.
Much like previous year budgets, the budget for 2012-2013 will be balanced by cuts and using one-time funds. According to the report, the one-time funds used will be:
- Receive advance of future years’ payments from AMP ($1 million 12- , $1. 2 million 13- 14 )
- Receive repayment of loan to FISC Fund for public safety services ($480K FY12-only)
- Use of carryover of projected budget savings totaling approximately $1 million over the two fiscal years.
Of course, as mentioned by the City Manager, the current cuts and negotiated concessions from all the bargaining units will not solve the long term problems. The five year projection, even with the savings from the MOU negotiations still result in draining the reserves if more is not done:
However, these savings do slow down the burn rate that the City would be going through if there were no concessions made: