Suisun City

Suisun budget envisions furlough days, pay freeze, vacant positions

By From page A3 | June 08, 2014

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.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • BobJune 08, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Oh boy they are going to get together behind closed doors to figure out how to sc$$$w the people in Suisun City

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  • rlw895June 08, 2014 - 7:48 am

    Fairfield is ending furloughs. Merge the two cities for financial sustainability.

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  • MikeJune 08, 2014 - 8:48 am

    Now that's a hot potatoe topic. Merge? Who'd get top billing, Fairfield-Suisun or Suisun-Fairfield? Would it include emergency services as well? The School District already is. What a tug-of-war that would be. Don't see either side giving up control of their fiefdom's.

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  • Rick WoodJune 08, 2014 - 11:44 pm

    Let people vote on a new name. The only reason we have two cities now is because Robert Waterman and Josiah Wing had big egos. That's fine for our history, but not for our future.

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  • YoshidaJune 08, 2014 - 9:10 am

    I think the County should go Metro for Law Enforcement services countywide like they do in Las Vegas area. One agency with one budget and equal protection services for all cities.

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  • Interested ReaderJune 08, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    Why don't the city leaders in Suisun consider reducing it's costs by contracting for law enforcement services with the Sheriff's Office like most small cities do in other counties such as Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Alameda and San Joaquin just to name a few.

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