Suisun City

Suisun council set to receive midyear budget review

By From page A5 | February 16, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Council members will hear a midyear budget review at Tuesday’s meeting.

City staff anticipates an ending balance for fiscal year 2013-14 of a bit less than $2.56 million, almost $56,000 more than was anticipated when the budget was adopted in June 2013.

While the city has been cutting costs the past five years, a better economy has helped offset the increased cost of doing business, such as health care and utility costs, the report said. The city also maintains reserves.

Council members will also be reminded that the city has been operating and budgeting over the past several years under the assumption Walmart would be generating tax revenues as of July 1. Bids for construction could be awarded by the end of the month, the report said. The opening date has been pushed back to spring 2015.

The other risk is that the city’s emergency reserve could lose about $1.5 million if the city’s lawsuit to keep the cash is unsuccessful. The city is at odds with the state over redevelopment money.

The report projects the midyear budget will have:

  • About $83,100 more in property taxes than budgeted.
  • An increase of almost $37,000 in the transient occupancy tax.
  • An additional $191,700 in license and permits from Walmart and Summerwood development fees.
  • A police overtime budget that will end the year about $70,800 over budget due to turnover and hiring of a temporary employee to staff the school resource officer position.
  • A personnel services budget for the Police Department that will end the year about $109,200 over budget.
  • Citywide personnel services end the year about $141,100 over budget.

The report notes that these additional costs were anticipated, for the most part, during the first-quarter fiscal review.

The council will meet in a closed session at 6 p.m. to confer with a property negotiator. The meeting follows at 7 p.m. Both are in the council chambers at 701 Civic Center Blvd.

The complete 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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  • The MisterFebruary 16, 2014 - 7:37 am

    I didn't see a dollar amount to add poison to the drinking water. I suppose that comes from one of those hidden accounts. Wouldn't want the people to know they are paying to have their health wrecked. The recent issue of Time magazine has an article about another Ivy League university, this time Harvard, who has published yet another report of just how bad fluoride is for humans and animals. Suisun may not be the killing fields, but if it retards your kid's development and harms your family's health all at the hands of the city government, then it is like a slow motion killing fields.

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