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City of Lodi finishes budget presentation, will consider adopting document June 2

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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00 am

City staff finished presenting individual budgets at the Lodi City Council shirtsleeve meeting on Tuesday morning. The presentation revealed some of the city's goals, including working on a green business incubator and drafting massage and medical marijuana dispensary ordinances.

June 2 is the earliest the council could adopt the new budget for fiscal year 2010-11, which starts July 1.

The budget includes most of the cuts that the city started in the current fiscal year. All the employee unions have agreed to similar concessions for 2010-11, which include furloughs, reducing overtime for the police and fire departments and suspending the city's contributions to workers' retirement accounts, which are separate from the employees pensions.

The presentations included a review of accomplishments and concerns from fiscal year 2009-10 and goals for the upcoming budget year.

This is the last in a series of stories breaking down the proposed budget by department. It is based off the PowerPoint presentation from Tuesday's meeting.

Internal Services

Includes budget and treasury, finance department, human resources and information systems.

Employees: 30.

Budget: $3.41 million.

Discussion: The department puts together the budget every year. Last year, it won an award from the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting.

The finance department also added pay stations for utility bills throughout the city. Internal services also updated its policies, procedures and practices.

In the next year, the finance department plans to focus on sending out metered water and wastewater bills.

Non-departmental

Budget: $5 million.

Discussion: This is not a city department and does not have any employees. It is included in the budget to note transfers to other funds and payments or revenues that are not attributed to a particular city service, such as utilities, postage or other government agency fees.

City Clerk

Employees: 4.

Budget: $606,100.

Discussion: The department created an electronic contracts database for city contracts and agreements. The office also completed creating electronic records of all the ordinances that have been passed since the city's incorporation.

The department ensured that the city met the requirements for the Political Reform Act that applies to campaign statements.

For the upcoming fiscal year, the department's main goals include running an effective November election and administering campaign disclosure statements for candidate-controlled committees and political action committees.

City Attorney

Employees: 3.

Budget: $468,150.

Discussion: The department negotiated and secured groundwater contamination cleanup agreements with landowners. It also drafted a mobile food ordinance and has monitored an appeal for the city's wastewater discharge permit.

The office assisted with multiple Public Employees Relations Board complaints.

It has also negotiated agreements related to the Lodi Energy Center, a natural gas power plant near White Slough wastewater plant.

One of the main goals for the department during the next fiscal year is to draft massage and medical marijuana ordinances. The office also plans to try and develop more wastewater experience and assist with Central Valley City Water Association litigation.

City Manager

Employees: 6.

Budget: $564,600.

Discussion: One of the main accomplishments led by the department was the completion of the General Plan, a document that will guide development for 20 years. The department also negotiated with bargaining groups to deal with the tight budget and negotiated terms that benefit the city for the Lodi Energy Center.

Former City Manager Blair Kinghired a fire chief and Lodi Electric Utility director.

In the upcoming budget year, the department will start working on the new policies in the General Plan and manage the budget. It will also hire a permanent city manager and police chief. Rad Bartlam, who will continue in his role as Community Development Director, is the interim city manager.

Economic Development

Budget: $583,050.

Discussion: This is not a city department and does not have any employees. It is included to show how the city spends money on a variety of economic development programs.

The programs include the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau, the San Joaquin Partnership, the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce, fireworks, the San Joaquin Enterprise Zone administration, the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership and art grants.

Some of the accomplishments include holding a Downtown summit, helping General Motors successfully appeal its closure, attracting Kohl's to the former Mervyns location and attracting Costco and Home Depot to build in Reynolds Ranch.

The city plans to work on the concept of a "green" business incubator, expand visiting opportunities Downtown and continue to attract retailers.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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1 comment:

  • posted at 6:50 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    So, why is the city of Lodi still funding the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lodi Business Partnership, and the Lodi Wine & Visitors Center? The chamber, under the apprenticeship of Mr. Patrick traipses off to China and South America to sell Lodi grapes, and maybe even dried beans? The DLBP has gone backwards under the leadership of Mr. Easterling, who I don't think has ever been asked to give a public accounting of the $17,000 "partnership" between he and Lodi Beer company? And Ms. Watts has not accomplished anything that has made an impact on downtown, except maybe over-indulging on alcohol, which netted her a DUI after running through a fence and off the road while clearly intoxicated. This little tidbit thtown in after seeing the Weybret's and Hanner dis Mr. Hayes upon his tragic death. You want to sling mud in such a terrible manner,Sentinel, take the retaliation you well deserve for scapegoating a deceased man. Hayes walked with the money, and Hansen got hoodwinked again, didn't he? And the visitors' center on Turner Road serves no purpose other than to the many county wineries and the Wine&Roses? Why isn't it downtown to bring tourists there?

     

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