With the third year of Measure A sales tax increase funds attached, the proposed 2019-20 city budget was presented to the City Council on Tuesday by City Manager Kristina Miller.
“If not for Measure A funds I can’t even imagine the dire condition the budget would be in,” Miller said.
The half-cent sale tax increase, approved by city voters, added $1.1 million onto the proposed budget.
“This (the budget) is quite a piece of work,” Miller said. “It is the biggest and most important project the city creates annually.”
That said, to balance the city’s general funds budget of $6,598,603, Miller said $39,206 had to be taken from the general fund reserves to meet the total of $6,637,809 in expenditures. It is the general budget for which the City Council has a say-so in how the funds are spent.
The general funds budget includes 1.5 percent pay increase for employees in the miscellaneous, dispatch, and management bargaining units, and a 2 percent pay increase for the public safety bargaining unit.
Miller said the proposed budget allows for the city to retain all of its city service positions, as well as fund capital improvement purchases and replacement reserve accounts for fire, police and public works.
Economic development, improvements to city parks, the feral cat program, ADA improvements for the library and city buildings, the police canine program, and street improvements/projects, are among other programs also funded in the budget.
The proposed budget’s overall revenues came in at $11,488,731, with expenditures at $12,129,983, Miller reported.
This presentation of the proposed budget was for information only and not an action item for the city council.
Miller will present the final budget in an upcoming meeting for the City Council’s vote.