Cheers that Suisun City has good budget news for a change, based on a report presented Tuesday to the City Council. The city expects to see no layoffs, no pay cuts and no cuts to city services, based on small projected increases in both property tax revenue and sales tax revenue within the city for the coming budget year, which begins July 1.
Jeers that Solano County can’t say the same based on the most recent general fund projections, also discussed Tuesday.
The county faces a $4.7 million structural deficit for the 2012-13 fiscal year that ends June 30. The midyear report also projects a structural deficit in the general fund of $14.6 million in 2013-14 and $18.5 million in 2014-15. If nothing changes, the county’s projected general fund balance of $33.2 million will be wiped out by June 30, 2015.
Cheers that Solano County dusted neighboring Contra Costa County in the annual “food fight” to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
The friendly competition has since 2004 pitted county employees against one another to see which organization can make the largest per-employee contribution to the food bank. Solano County workers contributed $10.38 per employee compared to their counterparts in Contra Costa County, who chipped in $9.68 per employee. Solano will keep the Big Apple trophy for a year based on the win.
The two county governments combined donated nearly $93,500 to the food bank, which helps to feed about 43,000 Solano County residents each month.
Cheers, of a sort, to the three community groups that will raise money this summer while also supporting community events through fireworks sales in Suisun City.
The Travis Vikings youth football organization, Suisun City Titans youth football organization and American Legion Post No. 182 won the drawing to staff the three allowable fireworks sales booths this time around. Proceeds support not only the organizations, but also the 2014 Fourth of July celebration along the waterfront.
Jeers that Fairfield doesn’t allow something similar to support local nonprofits as well as various community events.