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Council Grapples with $1.5 Million Budget Deficit

Senior, teen and police services are at risk for cutbacks.

The Hercules City Council is set to discuss the city's stubborn budget problems at Wednesday's special Council meeting.  A projected $1.5 million will need to be slashed from the 2012-13 budget, and with slim revenue raising options, the city is looking for expenses to trim.

In a budget workshop in May, the council, Citizens Finance Advisory Ad Hoc Committee and city staff discussed ways to drop the deficit from over $2 million to $1.5 million.

“Ideas to reduce the deficit (included) the elimination of senior programs, teen and youth programs and aquatic programs, and, if Measures O and N do not pass on June 5, further reducing police services,” said City Manager Steve Duran in his weekly report.

As for padding the budget, Duran said the city is considering expediting the sale of surplus real estate and allowing LED freeway signage. City staff is also investigating its ability to raise Hercules’ share of property tax revenue.

“Unfortunately, all significant revenue enhancements are longer term and do not help in fiscal year 2012-13,” Duran said.

The council will discuss the draft 2012-13 budget at Wednesday’s special meeting. Duran said staff plans to bring more budget recommendations then.

Atur June 08, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Hey Bigmike. I heard they city was running a pilot registration program with Ohlone Park last year. I haven't heard anything since.
Selina Williams June 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
We already have a gas station at Sycamore and San Pablo.
Selina Williams June 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Laila, I would like to see a separate blog for the freeway LED sign. This will be a very important topic that our community needs to discuss that include: distractions and public safety on a federal highway (I am told the proposed signage may face the grade from Pinole, if so if would require approval from the FHWA), changing dark skys, changing signage ordinances within city limits, advertising content, and aesthetic values.
DRM June 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM
The Shell station is not big enough. More than half the time when I go there, all the pumps are in use.
Glenn Abraham June 08, 2012 at 05:13 PM
"Selina Williams 8:31 am on Friday, June 8, 2012 We already have a gas station at Sycamore and San Pablo." Yes, but what Safeway is proposing is just a (long) block away, down San zpso Pablo. If that's a good idea (and it isn't), so is a station at San zpso & Sycamore, with the zpso/Sycamore station having the advantages of (1) not abutting a residential neighborhood, and therefore more likely, or easily, capable of getting the necessary permits, and (2) not contravening the American Stores deed restriction. But, no, none of this, this overall scheme for Sycamore Crossings, is very smart.

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