Alameda City Council will vote on a budget tonight that will see a seven percent reduction in Administrative Services expenses, a six percent reduction in General Government expenses, a five percent reduction in the police department budget, and two percent reduction in the fire department budget.
Additional savings in the police department would come from closing jail operations and transferring that function to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, which operates the Santa Rita jail in Dublin, and the Glen E. Dyer Detention Facility (also known as “north county”) in Oakland. Total police department reductions would amount to $1.81 million.
Fire department reductions totaling $451,000 would come from using federal grant money to purchase wildland firefighting equipment, reducing overtime, and reducing planned equipment expenditures. However, a separate agenda item would upgrade the Fire Department’s Fire/Building Code Compliance Officer position to Senior Fire Code Compliance Office, resulting in an additional annual cost of $5,897.
Other general fund savings would come from shuffling staff positions; three Recreation and Park Department positions would be switched from the general fund to the Athletic Trust Fund, for a savings of roughly $400,000 per year. The Public Work department would transfer roughly $300,000 in street light funding to Alameda Municipal Power, a City-owned utility.
The City Clerk’s office would realize un-specified cost savings from reorganizing the department, but no details were provided in the meeting packet.
Tonight’s proposal is essentially unchanged from that presented at the May 29th budget workshop.