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Special City of Alameda Budget Meeting Planned for May 8th

At a Kiwanis Club luncheon meeting today, Alameda City Manager John Russo said that at a special budget meeting planned for May 8th, city staff will present to council a plan to address the city’s general fund deficit through fiscal year 2015/2016.

A handout provided by Mr. Russo indicated a budget deficit of of $1.5 million for the current fiscal year, and deficits of of $4.4 million, $3.1 million, $3.3 million and $3.4 million for each of the fiscal years 2013 through 2016 if the issue isn’t addressed. He did not provide specifics on how the gaps would be closed in the May 8th presentation, but he was clear that Measure C is not intended to solve the general fund deficit.

Mr. Russo also said that a review of internal, inter-department fees and chargebacks is under way to make sure that the true cost of providing city services is understood and accounted for.

Additionally, under his administration, Alameda residents should expect to see government less as a “provider” of services and more as a “director” of services, and continued decentralization of operations from government to involve local residents who care about specific issues.

He provided as an example of this the transition of operations of the Alameda animal shelter from the City of Alameda to a non-profit.

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