By Robert Haugh
The City Council started its budget process last night. Another hearing will be held on June 8.
And the budget is scheduled for adoption on June 22.
The expenditures in the FY 2021/22 Proposed Budget total approximately $1 billion. It’s a reduction of 15.5 percent from the FY 2020/21 Adopted Budget.
City revenues have taken a major hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fortunately, approximately $26 million of Federal stimulus funding will fill a big whole in the budget.
The City will use two rainy day funds to fill the remaining gaps.
$15.6 million will come from the Budget Stabilization Reserve.
And $3.2 million will come from the Land Sale Reserve.
Between the proposed budget and decisions made six months ago, 550 part-time or as-needed employees are being eliminated from the City and 57.5 full-time positions will be cut.
As expected, the meeting dragged on late. This is a bad habit for this new City Council. But last night, it was Vice Mayor Raj Chahal who wasted a lot of time regurgitating a debate and information from last year on the choice of garbage contracts.
We’ll have to report on other items in the coming days.