- 2013-14 budget at a glance
This year’s budget is balanced at $42,198,820 without using any of the $7.7 million in reserves. Expenditures include $12.7 million in major capital projects like rebuilding Fire Station 2, maintaining the electric system, resurfacing and upgrading roads, and improvements to the citywide water system.
The budget is subject to midyear changes because all labor group agreements expire in the upcoming fiscal year.
— Sara Jane Pohlman
- In other action
Lodi resident John Slaughterbeck reminded the Lodi City Council that the best way to keep revenue coming into the city is to encourage residents to shop locally. He used the example of buying trucks in town instead of going outside, and suggested the city consider offering rebates to people who buy big-ticket items locally.
The council voted to vacate the pedestrian access area connecting Holly Street and Daisy Avenue north of Washington School to curb problems with illegal activity there. The land is now the responsibility of the adjacent property owners, who are required to fence it off and include it in their yards within 90 days. The walkway was created in 1955 to allow a safe path for students cross the railroad on the way to school. The school boundaries have since moved, and no students must cross that way.
Phyllis Hayes, a Lodi resident, said her neighbor’s habit of putting their garbage collection cans on the sidewalks instead of in the gutter blocks her from her mailbox down the street. Hayes uses a wheelchair and walker to get around, and finds it difficult to negotiate around cans. The council approved a resolution to clear up language in the city code reminding residents the cans must go in the gutter on the street, and to keep sidewalks clear.
— Sara Jane Pohlman
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:00 am
Lodi has a new budget in place well ahead of the new fiscal year, but it passed with an unexpected addition.
City staff did not have to tap into any of Lodi’s $7.7 million in reserves to create a balanced budget, Deputy City Attorney Jordan Ayers said. But Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce asked if that reserve total included the amount the council considered setting aside at the May 15 meeting.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:00 am.