The Turlock City Council shifted $5.35 million from overfunded self-insurance accounts into General Fund reserves during a special meeting Wednesday night, but questions lingered as to how those accounts became so inflated in the first place.
The cuts kept coming at the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
The Turlock Citizens Coalition, a group opposing the installation of a new synthetic turf track and all-weather field at Turlock High School's Joe Debely Stadium, has dropped its lawsuit against the City of Turlock, the Turlock City Council, the Turlock Redevelopment Agency, and the three individual council members who voted in favor of the project - Ted Howze, Amy Bublak and Kurt Spycher.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a revised budget proposal on Friday which he said would see the state "live within its means" by adding no new taxes but making "terrible" cuts to reduce $19.1 million in costs - including elimination of the state's welfare to work program, most childcare for the poor, and 60 percent of mental health funding.
Stanislaus County redevelopment agencies are $13 million poorer this week, following a Monday state deadline to relinquish local funds to help pay for state obligations.
The City of Turlock will face a less severe budget deficit than originally estimated, but cuts still need to be made. On Thursday, the Turlock City Council budget subcommittee took a look at the police and fire budgets, entertaining suggestions that could see Turlock's K-9 program cut.
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.
Communication and collaboration – these are the two main principles Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa spoke of during his swearing in as president of the California State Association of Counties last week.
The Turlock City Council approved the nearly quarter million dollar Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau budget on Tuesday amidst questions about why the organization, tasked with bringing tourists to town, needs so much money.
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