City Budget Nears Closure?
According to a legal notice last week, amendments to the SFY 2009 budget will be offered Monday (April 13, 2009) at 8 p.m. in Municipal Court. Mind you, this is the budget year that began July 1, 2008 and for which officials had hoped to see closure by Dec. 1, 2008. The budget year ends on June 30, 2009.
The introduction of amendments Monday must still be followed by a public hearing and final passage at some future date. Since the City Council has now adopted a once-a-month schedule, the governing body would have to set a special meeting to have the budget wrapped up before mid-May.
Granted, the state fiscal disarray has led to this local anomaly and we must all hope it never happens again.
City officials have agreed to accept a pension deferral plan that will result in a $2.7 million reduction in expenses, but which must be paid back with interest in future years. By agreeing to the deferral, the city will not get extraordinary state to offset property taxes.
So far, only one layoff has been proposed, for savings of $10,000 or less. A Citizens Budget Advisory Committee suggested many other possible cuts, but none were finalized. Maybe some will show up in the amendments.
People are asking, do we really need Music in the Plaza, the July 4th parade, three firehouses and many other options in this current economic climate.
Plaintalker will report on the amendments as soon as possible.