Lodi is still analyzing the state budget to identify possible benefits to the city, according to City Manager Blair King.
The good news is that the city did not lose a lot of money to the state coffers, King said.
"We're pleased that it appears this budget didn't take anything away from our budget," King said.
In past years, the state dipped into city governments to help close unbalanced budgets. The state used to take larger cuts of city vehicle license fees, sales and property taxes and other revenues.
In 2005, voters passed proposition 1A, which required the state to look elsewhere to balance its budget.
"It appears the legislators got the message," King said. "The people don't want to see local funding eviscerated and pumped to the state."
Local agriculture leaders say they're pleased money was earmarked for an important reimbursement. The Williamson Act gives farmers and ranchers a tax break for agreeing not to develop their land for at least a 10-year period. But county governments suffer because they lose out on critical tax revenue. Bruce Blodgett, executive director of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau, noted he's watching closely to see if Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger keeps the reimbursements in place. Eliminating them could force counties to stop renewing Williamson Act contracts. Losing the tax breaks, in turn, could be "the last straw" for farmers deciding whether to keep their land for agriculture or sell it to a developer, Blodgett said.
Kyle Lerner, president of the Lodi District Grape Growers District, said his association was happy to hear about the reimbursement funding. He noted Schwarzenegger has given lawmakers the assurance that the Williamson Act will not get a line-item veto.
Though not an allocation of cash, a moratorium on greenhouse gas emissions was a sticking point among lawmakers.
Republicans said further lawsuits would stifle growth in the state. Attorney General Jerry Brown has already sued San Bernardino County, asking the county to compensate for increased emissions due to its rapid growth. The greenhouse emissions penalties were signed into law last year by Gov. Schwarzenegger, giving him the moniker "the green governor."
Schwarzenegger did little to prevent lawmakers from taking "the teeth" out of the law, said Barbara Parilla, campaign director for Restore the Delta. She said that without the power to initiate lawsuits, there will be little accountability for counties, cities and private industry to build in an environmentally responsible manner.
San Joaquin County supervisors were happy on Wednesday to hear the budget had been adopted, but their greatest concern was losing revenue during the budget impasse.
County taxpayers had to front millions of dollars to finance operations at San Joaquin County Hospital and other medical services such as in-home health care, Supervisors Ken Vogel, Victor Mow and Larry Ruhstaller.
Had the state budget been approved by July 1, the county wouldn't have had to forward money to finance county health operations, Vogel and Mow said.
The county will be reimbursed for its expenses, Vogel said, but the problem lies where the county had to use its reserve fund that would ordinarily have been collecting interest to finance the county hospital and other health services, Vogel said.
Supervisors have asked county staff to determine how much interest the county lost due to the state budget impasse.
Vogel said he believes that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not veto funds to education and law enforcement, which makes the supervisor happy. He is also glad that the Williamson Act is apparently being preserved.
District officials say that this year's budget should have little impact on Lodi and Galt schools, while staff at San Joaquin Delta College say they are thankful they avoided additional budget cuts.
Lodi Unified Superintendent Bill Huyett said there were no significant changes in the budget this year, aside from the 4.53 percent cost-of-living adjustment increase.
Audrey Kilpatrick, chief business officer at Galt Joint Union High School District, said she's just glad that it passed.
Kilpatrick added that while all of the district's programs remained intact, no new pots of money were handed down from the state this year either.
"We call it our maintenance budget," Kilpatrick said.
Greg Greenwood, spokesman for Delta College said that while it's too soon to tell what funds will trickle down from the state, he is pleased with the budget overall and happy that California's community colleges were spared additional budget cuts in the final weeks of the budget impasse.
Key changes for California's community colleges include $6.227 billion in Proposition 98 funding; $263 to fund the cost of living adjustment; and $33.2 million to account for the recent reduction in tuition from $26 to $20 per credit.
California community colleges will also receive $26.7 million in one-time funds, including $8.1 million for deferred maintenance and instructional equipment.
Lodi police officials said they hadn't scrutinized the budget yet, but that nothing seemed to be cut from law enforcement. Capt. David Main said neither he nor Chief Jerry Adams had gotten word of any grant cuts.
The department has gotten state grants to pay for such things as more emergency lights on motorcycles, computers for cars so officers can write reports while on the streets and Tasers.
Main said the department is also trying to get a grant to pay for a better online reporting program so the public can more easily make some police reports - such as lost cell phones and delayed petty thefts - online. The department currently has such a program, but Main said the goal is to improve it so it takes less officer time and is more user-friendly for the public.