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May 14, 2019

Balancing the budget

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Tomorrow night (and possibly the night after): budget workshop!  Which no one will really watch but then will complain about later on in the year about because, let’s be real here, budget discussion are boring.

The folks who get amped about budget discussions are people looking for a specific line item or two to get worked up about to further whatever political ideology they have been pushing for years.  Most people just want to make sure that the City is functioning and getting basic shit done.

So, some highlights from the staff report, money coming in:

Overall, City annual General Fund revenues, including transfers in, are estimated to increase by $4.8 million from FY 2018-19 to FY 2019-20 and $2.4 million from FY 2019-20 to FY 2020-21. Most of the general tax revenues showed higher than expected growth in the last two years. The first year increase of $3.8 is attributed to the annualized new Transactions and Use Tax that became effective on April 1, 2019.

Money going out:

Staff is not proposing any cost of living adjustments for contractual services or materials and supplies unless specifically provided for in existing contracts with vendors as part of the proposed two year budget.  Increases in labor costs are due to normal salary increase as well as estimated 2% safety and 3% miscellaneous cost of living adjustment (COLA), rising costs for the retirement system, expected increases in the cost of other benefits and the addition of new positions, highlighted below.

The recommendations for FY 2019-20 include 12 new positions, deletion of five positions, upgrade of seven positions, downgrade of three positions, and the retitling of three classifications.

Six of the 12 new positions recommended in 2019-20 are firefighter positions needed to support a new ambulance. The remaining positions are needed to support program growth.

There’s also a list of capital improvements that can be wholly funded by the General Fund budget as well:

The General Fund allocated resources amounted to $4,745,000 in FY 2019-20 and $1,922,000 and FY 2020-21.

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  1. Why is urban forest capital? If I follow the link will my questions be answered by reading the material? 🤔

    Comment by Gaylon — May 14, 2019 @ 6:53 am

    • Answer: Nope. “Maintain the urban forest” is no better an explanation. All of the expenses I know for this work are normal operating costs, not capital. This detail is going to bother me all day.

      Comment by Gaylon — May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 am

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