||City Of San Leandro
||City of San Leandro
Public Information Office
835 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|PRESS RELEASE CM2012-06-07
|San Leandro City Council Adopts Balanced Budget for 2012-13
||Chris Zapata (510) 577-3390
|Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced that the San Leandro City Council on June 4th unanimously adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year 2012-2013. For the second consecutive year, the City Council has adopted a budget that is balanced without relying on the use of one-time-only funds to pay for reoccurring costs. The total City budget for all funds is $119,454,751 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013.
"A budget is a reflection of a community's values and priorities," stated Mayor Cassidy. “The City Council remains committed to keeping San Leandro safe, investing in our infrastructure, enhancing the quality of life in San Leandro, and supporting our schools.”
Mayor Cassidy added, “While the new budget relies upon conservative revenue and expenditure estimates and is a substantial turnaround from previous fiscal years, we recognize that this is only a short-term achievement. Our hard work is not done as the City is facing serious budget deficits in future years. Rising costs and economic uncertainty will continue to challenge us, but we are committed to the goal of long-term fiscal sustainability.”
“The City Council, staff, past administrations and the community as well as our businesses deserve real credit for taking necessary steps to balance this year’s budget. These prudent actions, Measure Z and one-time revenues allowed San Leandro to add $600,000 to reserves,” said City Manager Chris Zapata. He also noted that the City Council took necessary action to allocate $542,000 in one time revenues to help maintain city buildings and facilities.
Finance Director David Baum commented, “The balanced budget represents exceptional work by City staff to address the needs of our community in a way that aligns with the goals set forth by the City Council.” Baum stated that the entire budget is available at the Main Library and will be on the City website. In addition, a “budget in brief” pamphlet will be distributed July 1 to residents and businesses.
The balanced budget is based on limited program changes and a slight reduction in personnel attributed to the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency. The new budget is balanced thanks largely to the support by San Leandro residents who passed Measure Z, the quarter cent sales tax increase, implemented April 1, 2011. This new infusion of revenue helped to reduce the need to make more drastic cuts in programs and services provided to the community.
The City ended Fiscal Year 2010-2011 with a larger ending fund balance than was projected. Additional funds were allocated in the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 budget to address pressing community needs. These needs included:
For more information about the City’s 2012-13 budget, please visit the City website at http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/finance/city_budget/default.asp.
- Adding $600,000 to emergency reserves as well as $542,000 to building and facility maintenance;
- Purchase of new software for crime analysis and information sharing for the Police Department;
- Restoration of funding for tours of the San Leandro Art and History Museum by public and private school children;
- Funding provided to the San Leandro Unified School District for a gang prevention specialist;
- Supplemental grant to Building Futures with Women and Children to cover a shortfall and continue operations of the San Leandro shelter for homeless women and children;
- Restoration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday celebration;
- Matching funding for Library Book Collection and Literacy Program.
About San Leandro
A diverse community of nearly 85,000 residents, San Leandro maintains a safe, small town feel while offering a wide range of shopping, dining, recreation amenities, miles of shoreline, and easy access to nearby regional parks and nature areas.
Located in the center of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro enjoys close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, and is served by two major freeways and two BART stations. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro, an eleven-mile fiber optic loop is under construction in the city's large industrial and commercial zone. Lit San Leandro will assist a new set of businesses to leverage San Leandro’s assets and become industry leaders in the data revolution. Further information about Lit San Leandro can be found at http://www.litsanleandro.com.
Visit the City’s website at www.sanleandro.org for more information on the City’s programs and services. To register to automatically receive press releases, meeting agendas or other electronic notifications, go to http://www.sanleandro.org/portal/default.asp.