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Council gets down to brass tacks with General Fund budget

POSTED May 4, 2012 6:05 p.m.

It's back to the 2012-2013 budget for the Turlock City Council on Tuesday, as the council will hold a special 5:45 p.m. meeting to delve into the General Fund.
The General Fund, the only discretionary revenues controlled by Turlock, funds most public safety, parks and recreation, planning, and administrative activities.
The budget draft which council members will consider Tuesday anticipates all labor concessions ending on Oct. 31; all city labor groups had previously agreed to two years of an effective 5 percent pay cut in fall 2010. Though negotiations are ongoing, per the staff report, if no concession agreements are reached Turlock would face a more than $4 million deficit.
The council will also review non-general fund budgets related to equipment replacement and self-insurance on Tuesday.
Council has already accepted portions of the 2012-2013 non-General Fund budgets. Final approval of the complete budget is expected at the May 22 meeting of council.
The Turlock City Council will later consider amending portions of the current year's budget.
Those amendments reflect previously unanticipated costs ranging from drastically higher-than-expected health care expenses - up $900,000 - to $50,000 in fire department overtime and various contract services. The amendments also include new grant and donation revenues, not included in the original budget.

On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council is also expected to:
• Consider returning $90,000 of a $100,000 security deposit to the Carnegie Arts Foundation.
The foundation's original contract to operate the Carnegie Arts Center called for the large deposit, but foundation officials have requested the requirement be waived. They point to nearly a year of successful operation, asking for the full $100,000 to be returned to the foundation's reserve funds.
City staff has recommended retaining $10,000 - the approximate cost to maintain the Carnegie in a non-operational state for six months - while returning the remainder, and amending the city's contract with the foundation.
• Consider changing the 200 bed cap on homeless shelters within Turlock's Senate Bill 2 overlay district. Shelters are allowed to open in that district without receiving any discretionary approval.
To address concerns from state housing, Turlock's SB2 implementation plan calls for the city to reexamine the cap annually.
Currently, 98 shelter beds have been permitted within the district, with 49 operational.
• Hold a closed session conference with property negotiators for Habitat for Humanity, regarding price and terms of payment for property at 434 S. Laurel St., and We Care, for price and terms of payment for property at 615 Julian St.
• Approve the Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant program and HOME Investment Partnership Program. The plan explains how Turlock will expend state and federal grant funding to provide affordable housing.
• Complete the process to repeal a section of Turlock Municipal Code which bars persons from attempting to solicit employment, business, or contributions from occupants of a vehicle. In September 2011, a federal appeals court ruled that such measures are unconstitutional, as they restrict freedom of speech.
• Issue proclamations in honor of Asthma Awareness Month and Older Americans Month. Dell Perales, who will receive an award from the Stanislaus County Commission on Aging, will also earn a city proclamation.
• Present a Certificate of Merit to Dairy Farmers of America, awarded by the California Water Environment Association, Pretreatment Pollution Prevention, and Storm Water Committee.
• Hear staff updates on capital projects and the city's pretreatment program.
The Turlock City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Yosemite Room of Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway. That meeting will be preceded by a 5:45 p.m. special meeting to discuss the 2012-2013 budget.

 

 

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