City Council Adopts Budget, New Fees

City Manager projects a $886k deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published February 10, 2012  

At a special meeting, the city council passed the city manager’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as adopted new fees related to city business.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the 2011-2012 budget, as well as the master fee schedule, during the June 28, 2011 meeting. Vizcarra, however, was not present.

The city manager’s budget projects a $886,000 deficit, which will be made up with funds from the city’s general reserves. The increase in expenditures will pay for a $100,000 citywide park open space master plan and a $150,000 city council chamber renovation, among others.

As a result, the city’s general reserves, which make Temple City among the wealthiest in the San Gabriel Valley, will decline from $22.3 million to $21.4 million.

In addition, the budget includes an increase of $785,000 in news revenues stemming from the fees and fines associated with the master fee schedule.

The master fee schedule contains 100 fees and 80 fines.

Permits for garage sales will go from zero dollars to six dollars. Monthly overnight parking permits for non-seniors will go from $20 to $48.

Nonprofit organizations hanging street banners over Temple City will now have to pay $28 in application fees, plus an additional $221 for the city to install and remove the banner.

Representatives from the Kiwanis Club and Temple City Pony Baseball spoke out against the new fees at the meeting on Tuesday.

According to Community Development Director Steve Masura, the previous time the city looked at its fee schedule was in 1991.

The new fee schedule is derived from an assessment made by a consultant that the city hired for $25,000.

Finally, with the adopted budget, the city manager’s second proposal to reorganize City Hall was passed.

City Manager Jose Pulido plan calls for the merging of the Financial Services Department with some units of the Management Services Department to create a new Administrative Services Department.

The new department will absorb personnel, insurance/benefits, and information technology divisions, which were previously a part of the Management Services Department.

Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra was absent.

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