At a City Council meeting tomorrow night at City Hall, Alameda City Council members will vote on a resolution adopting a capital and operating budget for the City of Alameda for the fiscal year (FY) 2011 to 2012, which begins July 1st, 2011. Documents supporting the resolution project annual budget deficits as high as $5.3 million every year from FY2011-12 through FY2015-16.
The General Fund reductions for FY2011-2012 include $284,000 in savings through “general government reductions” in the City Attorney, City Manager and Information Services offices, and a reduced budget for City Council memberships.
Human Resources and Finance are facing a $195,000 reduction through reduced use of contractual services, materials and supplies. Libraries will have staffing reduced as will Parks and Recreation, for a combined savings of $478,000.
The plan also includes the outsourcing of the animal shelter, currently operated by the Alameda Police department, and the elimination of nine positions, four of which are vacant police officer positions.
The fire department would face the smallest hit in percentage terms – only a 3.5% reduction. No firefighters would be laid-off, but four non-sworn positions would be eliminated, one Deputy Fire Chief position would be eliminated, and one Deputy Fire Chief position would be reclassified.