Council approves 2004-2005 budget

July 09, 2004
Santa Paula City Council

The City Council approved the final fiscal year 2004-2005 budget at the June 28 meeting with special emphasis on building and retaining a healthy General Fund reserve.

The City Council approved the final fiscal year 2004-2005 budget at the June 28 meeting with special emphasis on building and retaining a healthy General Fund reserve.The good news was that the city was able to avert layoffs although several vacant positions were frozen and that additional funds were found to boost several programs.And, “Any additional funds that come in,” will be earmarked for the General Fund Reserve to keep it at about 10 percent of the budget, noted City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz.The proposed operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2004/05 reflect the downswing in state funding and upswing in employee benefit costs, leaving the city almost $600,000 in the red.The proposed General Fund operating budget is about $9.192 million the budgets for non-General Fund operations totals over $12 million, while the city’s capital budget is about $5.3 million.The overall 2004-2005 budget is about $26.7 million.
An additional allocation approved by the City Council was $20,000 for recruitment of a planning director, a position now vacant since the departure of Tom Bartlett.The base budget has a $599,076 deficit that Bobkiewicz is proposing be overcome by a combination of belt-tightening and revenue enhancements.Bobkiewicz told the council that the layoff of two employees was avoided due to the hard work and diligence of Finance Director Tina Rivera and her staff.“I would like to recognize Tina and her staff for the complete nature of the work,” the finance department has demonstrated in the budget preparation, he noted.



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