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Rio Vista council sets 6-month set of goals for city manager

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RIO VISTA — The City Council on Tuesday gave City Manager Tim Chapa his marching orders of sorts for the next several months as he works toward his six-month performance review.

At Chapa’s request, council members submitted a priority list of 25 recommendations that were then categorized and prioritized based on his ability to complete them within the allotted time frame.

The submittals ran the gamut from the time-sensitive, such as preparing and presenting a midyear budget and also a 2014-15 budget with reserves, to providing reports on various aspects of the city government, such as a capital improvements review and timeline.

In part, the goals are:

  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of staffing for all departments; make appropriate recommendations as part of the budget process.
  • Invite staff for one-on-one lunch meetings.
  • Analyze interfund loans; identify those not likely to have funds for repayment.
  • Complete mandatory state audits for 2011-12 by March 2014.
  • Adopt a midyear budget for 2013-14.
  • Prepare, present to council a proposed budget for 2014-15, including 2015-16 projections, that provides for at least $300,000 in surplus each year.
  • Provide a report on Measure O tax receipts, expenditures with posting to the city’s website.
  • Provide a specific report on building fee, police and fire fund revenues, uses and historical spending.
  • Review 2013 capital improvements time line, identify delays.
  • Provide an update, expected completion date on unfinished capital improvement projects.
  • Report on all flood control, water issues and transportation improvements.
  • Meet residents, clubs and city business owners.
  • Increase city visibility to the public and the media; support positive coverage of city activities.

The primary sticking point was a recommendation by Dave Hampton that a $300,000 reserve be adopted within the midyear budget.

Chapa said he couldn’t commit to having a $300,000 reserve for this year’s budget. Hampton said the savings are crucial to stay out of the hole when Measure O – a five-year, 0.75 percent sales tax increase passed in 2012 – money comes to an end.

“If we don’t have at least $2.5 million in reserves when Measure O runs out, we’re going to be in trouble,” he said.

Councilwoman Constance Boulware concurred.

“We have to be mindful that we just can’t spend it,” she said. “We get more money, we spend more money . . . .We’re not thinking about putting anything away.”

Chapa said he didn’t disagree, but reminded the council that what they were preparing was a performance matrix and some previous expenditures, before his arrival, were going to already hurt any planned reserves for this fiscal year.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or swinlow@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

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