By Erica Madison
Fire, Police, Public Works, Libraries, Parks and Administrative services in City Hall, will all receive a budget cut.
According to acting City Manager Lisa Goldman at last week’s special joint meeting of the Alameda City Council, Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority and Community Improvement Commission, it is up to City Council to decide how severe these cuts will be.
“The budget has gotten worse. The 6.2 million deficit increased since March 2011, by one million dollars and will continue to add 7- 9 million more by 2016. Budget cuts will affect all of Alameda including its residents. Unless we make significant structural changes”, said City Manager Lisa Goldman.
“We have done our best to insulate the community, but we no longer have that luxury.”
Facing the threat of depleting the general fund reserves, Goldman told the City Council that everyone would have to make sacrifices which included her and her office taking pay cuts. But even after the council makes these budget cuts Goldman said that money from the general fund would still need to be used to balance the budget for July 1st.
Part of the problem is that revenue is down by $200,000. The city receives two-thirds of its revenue from taxes. 33 percent of these taxes come from property taxes, which have continued to go down and are projected to continue decreasing for the fiscal year 2011-2012.
Even though the changes are numerous they’ll delay the fact that the general fund will be depleted by the fiscal year 2015-2016.
“These cuts will buy us time until we figure out how to solve this problem”, said City Manager Goldman.