VACAVILLE — The council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $152 million city operating budget for 2014-15. Approval came after two consecutive meetings of departmental budget presentations.
Councilman Ron Rowlett was absent.
Of the total, the general fund component is about $70.7 million. The remaining $81.2 million is made up of enterprise and special revenue funds such as water and sewer utility systems, transit, engineering services, and lightening and landscaping assessment districts.
The budget includes a $3.8 million clawback owed to the state related to transactions from the former redevelopment agency; additional staffing for the opening of Fire Station No. 75; plus contributions to the general fund capital improvement program budget and the purchase of vehicles and equipment.
The city is also staring down a structural deficit that has City Manager Laura Kuhn concerned. In the May 27 meeting, she advised that revenues are not keeping up with expenditures. While the city is doing OK currently because of a financial infusion from Measure M – a 0.25 percent sales tax increase passed by Vacaville voters in 2012 and scheduled to end in 2018 – the city needs to keep a watch into the 2018-19 budget, she said.
She reiterated Tuesday the importance of looking ahead.
“April 2018 is not that far away and that’s when Measure M expires,” she said. “The loss of Measure M revenues is a big thing.”
The structural deficit is projected to climb to more than $5 million in 2017-18, according to a revised general fund budget forecast report put out by the city. Kuhn said that if the economy rebounds at a faster pace than projected, revenues could increase, which would shorten the gap between revenues and expenses.
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