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Long-term planning of city sales tax revenue on Vallejo City Council docket

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Jun 23, 2013
Long-term planning of city sales tax revenue on Vallejo City Council docket

The Vallejo City Council will consider on Tuesday approving a nearly $203 million spending plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that starts July 1.

Continued from earlier this month, Tuesday's budget vote calls for nearly status-quo spending over last year's plan, with the exception of mandatory rising insurance and benefit costs, the hiring of six new employees and separate spending of Measure B sales tax revenue.

The only significant issues left to the council following its June 11 budget discussion will be the long-term spending plan for Measure B revenue.

Measure B is a 10-year voter-approved initiative that funnels into the city's general fund. Its funding, considered separately by city leaders, has a policy calling for "one-time" uses.

City Manager Dan Keen and Finance Director Deborah Lauchner provide in a council meeting report six potential spending scenarios for that revenue stream.

"With the Measure B funding comes some difficult choices; the city has significantly more needs than the available funding provides," the report reads.

It goes on to add that, "It is important to note that the City Council's decision tonight will only approve a funding plan for FY (fiscal year) 2013-2014."

All offered scenarios contemplate that the city will cease using Measure B to fund marina dredging, tree maintenance, private building demolition, graffiti abatement, campaign finance reform and a community volunteer coordinator.

Funds also would dry up for upgrading / replacing the city accounting system, marina management system software replacement, community-based organizations and interagency efficiency.

Even without these costs, all six proposed scenarios call for at least some overspending -- minimally with about $543,000 by 2022 under a plan discontinuing Participatory Budgeting, slightly reducing planned police staffing and capping reserve fund growth at 15 percent of the general fund.

The plan calling for the most overspending -- nearly $23 million by 2022 -- includes $4 million a year for police staffing, a gradually increasing street maintenance budget and about 20 percent of Measure B revenue set aside annually for Participatory Budgeting.

The current scenario overspends projected revenue by nearly $10 million at the time of the tax's expiration, and calls for increasing police staffing to 114 by 2016, 41 percent of needed street maintenance costs and no Participatory Budgeting after next year. Other scenarios further fine-tune the spending options.

In other Tuesday agenda items, the council is scheduled to consider:

* Buying an $835,000 computer-aided dispatch and records management system, plus annual maintenance costs of $81,000, approved in this year's budget with Measure B funds. The existing system likely would need a $150,000 upgrade in January and costs the city $152,000 a year in maintenance fees
* Buying eight Public Works vehicles (four new, four replacements) for about $143,000
* Finalizing an ordinance and zoning amendment to facilitate new wine and beer tasting rooms and manufacturers on the waterfront and Mare Island
* Setting the city election for Nov. 5, and placing a charter amendment on the ballot to move future city elections to even, rather than odd years. If approved, the amendment would extend all existing terms by one year. A number of local school boards and city councils have shifted to the even-year schedules to save money.
* Approving rate modifications to the city's landscape and maintenance districts, with the largest single increase of 361 percent to the Bordoni Ranch Zones 1 and 2, following the opening of the Highland Park development
* Assessing levies against properties with unpaid garbage bills of more than $1.7 million, as of June 1.
battle for vallejo

Vallejo, CA

#2 Jun 23, 2013
"...under a plan discontinuing Participatory Budgeting..." now you're talking. the people pushing this did not want the tax it comes from.
Looking Up

United States

#4 Jun 30, 2013
Measure b could help getting the town back on track if it is used wisely. Spend it on what is needed the most

United States

#5 Jun 30, 2013
spend a small amount to deport spammy for the betterment of all

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