The rollercoaster of planning the City of Turlock's 2010-2011 budget has had its ups and downs, but Tuesday's meeting of the budget subcommittee ended on a high point, namely, the discovery of approximately $4 million in effective General Fund reserves.
The Hughson City Council decided at Monday's meeting to go with the cheaper and more experienced services of the Stanislaus County Elections Office for the upcoming recall election. The decision came after council members learned that if the city ran their own recall elections the cost could be as high as $57,400; whereas the county said they could run the election for a maximum total cost of $23,000.
On Friday afternoon, the Third District Court of Appeal denied a request for a temporary stay on a $1.7 billion state taking of local redevelopment funds.
The Turlock Budget Subcommittee on Thursday learned that what was initially projected as a $4.8 million General Fund deficit for the 2010-2011 fiscal year had ballooned to a $5.49 million deficit, due to previously unrecorded costs of maintaining and operating the city's streetlights.
The City of Turlock will look to approve a loan for $4 million at Tuesday's City Council meeting for EAH Housing, Inc. to begin the development of an affordable multi-family housing complex located at 500 Linwood Ave. If approved at Tuesday's meeting, the loan will be taken from the city's Redevelopment Agency funds.
Facing at least a $4.8 million shortfall in the 2010-2011 General Fund budget, the City of Turlock set about the hard work of identifying possible cuts during a budget subcommittee meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors cut 10 more positions Tuesday morning - nine of which were filled - in their ongoing efforts to eliminate a $10 million budget deficit. But those being eliminated argue that the cutbacks will cost the county more than the move will save.
The State of California is one step closer to a balanced budget, but the state's solvency will come - in part - at the Turlock Redevelopment Agency's expense.
A number of potential problems face the City of Turlock's drinking water supply in the year to come, according to a report delivered Tuesday by Michael Cooke, Turlock Regulatory Affairs manager.
Where wastewater flows, food could grow.
The Stanislaus County Library is the target of the latest round of county budget cuts, falling to service levels not seen since before the 1995 adoption of a one-eighth cent library sales tax.
The date has been set; all that's left is to figure out how the Hughson City Council recall election will be funded.
In front of a somber crowd, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure Tuesday morning to trim the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department budget by $6.4 million, effectively forcing the lay off of 52 full-time sheriff's department employees and deleting 16 vacant positions.
The future of Turlock's drinking water supply will take center stage at the Turlock City Council's Tuesday meeting, as councilmembers will receive a long-requested report on water issues in the City of Turlock.
The Turlock City Council adopted a plan on April 13 that calls for the city to investigate a two-year budgetary cycle - a change in practice from the year-by-year budgets of the past - but stopped short of deciding how a committee will meet to work out that budget.
The Turlock City Council approved two motions Tuesday night that will simultaneously improve the curb appeal of one neighborhood and bolster the funds for a nonprofit agency helping the community's homeless.
Transit services for those in need in the community are becoming much more comprehensive due to the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses, the revenue of which allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.
When Mayor Matt Beekman took the microphone Monday evening to deliver his State of the City address at the Hughson City Council meeting, he had one piece of news of which not all mayors can boast: the City's General Fund reserves are at 83 percent.
Transit services for those in need in the community could become much more comprehensive pending the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses. The revenue from the sale of bus ads allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.
While a City of Turlock workshop held Tuesday had citizens and council members alike lamenting the poor quality of roads in town, in a positive twist of fate just two days later the City was notified that it received a grant of $105,550 from the Department of Resources Recycle and Recovery, or CalRecycle.
The Stanislaus Water Advisory Committee convened for their first meeting of 2015 Tuesday morning to discuss taking steps towards establishing a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, one component of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that was passed in 2014 to allow regional control of local groundwater resources.
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