SLO City Council finalizes budget
June 22, 2011
After several months of heated budget talks, the San Luis Obispo City Council passed a balanced budget for fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13.
The council eliminated a previously existing $4.4 million shortfall in the $99.6 million budget by cutting $2.6 million in city employee salaries and reducing various operating costs.
Despite the closure of the budget gap, the financial plan did not pass unanimously. Council Members Dan Carpenter and Kathy Smith voted against the financial plan, which passed along a 3-2 vote.
“My concern is the next council will look back at some point and say shame on you for not addressing a contingency plan,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter, who said a possible termination of Measure Y could cripple future city budgets, seconded Smith’s motions to increase employee concessions and reduce the July 1, 10 percent increases in water and sewage fees.
He also motioned to cut $600,000 for replacement playground equipment and $237,000 for open space acquisition. Each of these motions failed, as did all other attempts to amend the financial plan.
The council balanced the 2012-13 fiscal year budget at $99.6 million. A 5 percent drop in employee salaries accounts for the largest decrease in expenditures.