Public Invited to Concord Budget Workshop on May 13th

May 4, 2014 13:00 pm · 13 comments

City of Concord

Residents are invited to attend or watch the 2014 City of Concord Budget Workshop on Tuesday, May 13 during the regular City Council meeting.

The evening will include a presentation on the proposed fiscal year 2014-15 City budget and the ten-year financial forecast. Two public hearings will be held June 3 and 24 before the budget is adopted. The public is welcome to comment at any of the meetings. The City’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

The budget workshop and hearings will be televised live on Concord Cable TV channel 28 (Comcast), channel 29 (Astound) and channel 99 (AT&T U-verse).

The broadcasts are also available online at www.cityofconcord.org, both in real time and archived for future viewing.

For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office, (925) 671-3495.

{ 13 comments }

1 anon May 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Reduce expenses

2 The Realist May 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

EXTEND AND EXPAND MEASURE Q ASAP! /s
Won’t someone think of the children! (and senior citizens)
so much for a “temporary” tax?
Whatever your selling Concord, I ain;t buying it.
isnt this how they pushed the sales tax increase the first time, with these propoganda meetings?

3 Just sayin May 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Even though Concord has managed to get over it’s cash flow problems, the city is still not fully funding it’s employee retirement or fixing it’s infrastructure. When you look at the total value of Concord’s assets, they are still dropping by $10m/year. While not a crisis, the situation is still dire.

4 Aunt Bee May 4, 2014 at 4:38 PM

WAIT, they are gearing up to extent measure Q. Still waste continues such as the TSP Archways, Finance keeps hiring new people including Engineering, Finance and the Human Resources Dept. Really how about workers to keep our city maintained which adds quality? I see the new restrooms at Baldwin Park is a joke, what did this cost? Were in a water shortage, Why is the Spray park and pool open, I know the hell with most of the residents who care, keep certain groups happy right City Manager-your a joke. Mayor I seen you at the golf course on Friday, thanks for all your good work but you need to get city management right.

5 The watcher May 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Really you want to extend Measure Q. I guess we were fed more BS a few years ago and now the city cries poor once again. I know ask Obama for a hand out instead of us working mid-poor folks! Really you want to make a lighted Bart pathway to downtown, how about just handing out tazers.

6 Aunt Bee May 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Mr. Mayor, stop not posting my comments, are you in kahoots with the rest?

7 people are soooo stupid May 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

city isn’t pushing anything idiots. They do the budget like this every year. God you people make a mountain out of nothing. Maybe you want to never hear what the city is doing, right? And don’t blame the City Mgr. she does what the council tells her to do….period!

8 Anon Redux May 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Concord has managed to avoid the problems of Vallejo and other cities. But the federal, state, county governments still take a large chunk of taxpayer dollars that could directly benefit cities.

The more Washington DC and the State of California spends, the less there is available at the local level.

Walnut Creek may have to cut Library hours this year. Concord has fewer Neighborhood Preservation Officers. Yet the federal and state government bureaucrats spend billions on programs with little concern for the impact on local cities, and local citizens. One example is the IRS giving bonuses to IRS employees with delinquent taxes. There are many others.

9 California Nightmare May 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

The biggest budget busting item in Concord is the Police Department. Salaries and benefits are out of control. We need to hire more police, fix potholes, etc. but how can you do that when you are paying an AVERAGE of $275,000 per year for your 7 police lieutenants? (Actually, the cost is higher now since this data is from back in 2012.)

http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/bay-area/2012

You really have to study this salary and benefit data for the police department if you are going to understand the extent of the problem and know where to look for cost savings.

10 California Nightmare May 4, 2014 at 7:54 PM

… and 20 Concord police sergeants AVERAGING over $210,000 per year in salary and benefits.

Police Captains? AVERAGE about $300,000 per year.

Police Officers? At least 30 officers making over $190,000 per year, with the highest being $255,000.

Police deserve good pay and benefits, but this is a bit ridiculous, don’t you think?

11 anon May 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

do we have a good speaker in the house?
maybe someone could present the serious problem with how the city handles barking dogs noise nuisance. Or I mean how the city doesnt handle barking dogs. And the terrible disturbances going on.

12 Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz May 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

anon # 11 – a budget hearing is not the place to complain about “barking dogs”………..The city over all has a “noise issues” with dogs, ghetto rides blasting that rap-crap and Mexican Polka Music. But nothing will happen as well……thats what the resdients get for having “diversity”. I understand your frustration but a budget hearing is not the place to get help

California Nghtmare – the PD has to stay competive with other agencies. The ratio of people who apply to those that actually can pass backgrounds and make it thru the acedemy is low. Concord has to offer what other agency offer or they will have no police at all.

The biggest wastes of money in Concord are:
1) the freakin golf course. It should be an enterprise fund but it is not. It
runs in the whole. An enterprise fund is suppose to be self sustaining
and no city general fund monies should be use for the golf course
2) Camp Concord. Does the city need to have a subsidized camp
ground in the Sierra’s for residence? Here’s a clue folks, if you can’t
afford to go to a regular camp ground, then you probably also can’t really
afford the gas to get there and should not be going that “far” for a
vacation. This “camp ground” should also be accounted for in an
“enterprise” fund which means the fees cover all cost. No city general
fund monies should be used for Camp Concord

13 Buster May 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

The City of Concord is looking to spend more on marketing its self.

http://www.cityofconcord.org/citygov/agendas/committees/hed/2014/05052014.pdf

“In order to implement all of the above marketing initiatives, a total of $122,000 of new general fund money would be needed within the Economic Development program ($162,000 total of proposed marketing plan minus $40,000 total proposed funding in draft FY14-15 budget = $122,000 of new funding). The current funding for these types of programs in the Economic Development program’s FY 13-14 budget is $40,000.”

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