Friday, May 15, 2009

Budget update ...

Here is a quick Concord city budget update. I'll have at least one other update over the weekend.
According to sources, the mayor and city council will receive copies of the city manager's proposed fiscal year 2010 budget sometime today. The budget should be released to the public by Monday [Check for details].
Over the next six weeks, the city council finance committee - essentially, the entire city council - will be holding hearings about the proposed budget. The public is invited to participate either in person, in the council chambers on Green Street, or by submitting written testimony to the council.
The following is a list of the meetings as well as the topics proposed to be discussed. In the past, the council has switched things around, often in what seemed to be an effort to jump ahead and hold controversial meetings when no one was around. I'm told that this year, the mayor intends to stay on this schedule so that everyone will have a chance to be heard on specific issues of concern.

* Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m.: Budget overview and review meeting. There will be a discussion of revenue and service reductions.

* Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m.: Administration, community development, and conservation commission.

* Tuesday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m.: Fire, police, including parking.

* Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m.: General services, including water/sewer funds and solid waste.

* Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.: Fiscal monitoring report, miscellaneous, and there will be a non-public session concerning "compensation adjustment."

Note to readers: CCTV, which is now ConcordTV, has historically been presented during the "miscellaneous" discussion ... sources have told me that the city manager has been directed to make a significant cut to this line item and to prepare ConcordTV for that cut. And yet, ConcordTV reportedly plans on lobbying for more than $250,000 this year! If this is true, it's absolutely outrageous considering the fiscal situation of the city. I haven't watched the ConcordTV budget hearing yet but I will soon and report back.

* Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m.: Library, recreation.

* Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m.: Regular city council meeting.

* Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m.: Human services, social service agencies.

* Monday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.: Recessed city council meeting, if necessary, capital budget, bonded debt.

* Monday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.: Optional work session.

* Monday, June 22, 7 p.m.: Public hearing/budget adoption.

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