SUISUN CITY — City Council members will consider continuing all frozen positions as they discuss the fiscal year 2014-15 at Tuesday’s meeting.
The proposed budget also suggests continuing the salary reductions of 2.5 percent as well as maintaining furlough days.
“Surprisingly, this has been one of the more challenging budgets to prepare over the past few years,” said a staff report on the budget.
Expectations of being positioned in the 2014-15 fiscal year to begin restoring staffing and service levels have not materialized, according to the staff report, “even though we are finally seeing signs of an improving economy with steady increases in property and sales taxes, stronger increases in the transient occupancy tax and a growing number of inquiries about development opportunities in the city.”
The report also notes challenges, including that Walmart was anticipated to open this July, not in April 2015. The delay results in a loss of almost $800,000 in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.
Other possible problems are an increase in health insurance and the city’s lawsuit against the state Department of Finance over redevelopment money.
Total operating expenditures for the general fund budget amount to about $10.2 million against operating revenue of almost $9.3 million. These figures don’t include the beginning balance of $2.8 million.
The emergency reserve is budgeted at $1.7 million.
Prior to the regular 7 p.m. meeting, the council will meet in closed session with legal counsel and conference with a property negotiator.
The meetings are at 701 Civic Center Blvd. For more information, call 421-7373. The agenda can be found at www.suisun.com.
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