Public Invited to Concord Budget Hearings

May 31, 2014 17:00 pm · 16 comments

City of Concord

The Concord City Council will hold two public hearings on the proposed 2014-15 City budget and 10-year financial forecast during its regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday, June 3 and 24. The meetings will be held in the City Council Chamber at the Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. The City’s fiscal year runs from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

The budget 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.

Budget information is available from the home page of the City’s website, www.cityofconcord.org. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office, (925) 671-3495.

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1 funny man May 31, 2014 at 6:22 PM

more taxes INCOMING!

2 Annon May 31, 2014 at 7:05 PM

More taxes will make it harder for retirees.

3 California Nightmare May 31, 2014 at 7:40 PM

You will hear a lot about the tight budget and the need to extend the sales tax increase, but you won’t see any charts showing where the money is going by department, and you won’t see anything about the average cost of salaries and benefits.

In round numbers, Concord is paying $ 40 million to 200 people in the police department. That is about $200k per person. I doubt if any city our size in the Bay Area has such a top- heavy, over-paid police department.

4 JPEG May 31, 2014 at 8:26 PM

@Annon More taxes will also make it harder for the average Concord family. Concord where families comes first?

5 funny man May 31, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Mr Nightmare, considering 3 or 4 fifth of the council are bought and paid for by the Police officers association… GOOD LUCK WITH CHANGING THAT!
thing swill continue to get worst eg. like Bell, Ca. or we will all wise up and vote out all those corrupt council members. RE: the ones also bought by the trash company and the developers with the upcoming weapon station redevelopment.

6 funny man May 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

when we’re all paying 100% sales tax… what will there excuse be than?!

7 Well........... May 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

if the city doesn’t get us the county will as they want to increase the general sales tax by a quarter cent

8 Always Right May 31, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Mr. funny man, I agree the POA owns the city council and staff dare not produce reports or spreadsheets that tell the story of lieutenants and captains making close to $300,000 per year in salary and benefits.

I think our Council is doing a good job in many respects, but none of them, not even Edi B., is willing to take on the all-powerful police officers association.

Somebody needs to highlight the pain caused to Concord by these sky-high wages and benefits.

9 Anonymous May 31, 2014 at 9:16 PM

It is unfortunate that the city is being run by the current City Manager and Assistant City Manager. They were the wrong people for those jobs and they continue to hire the wrong people for key positions in the city.

10 @Always Right Wrong this Time June 1, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Edi is the ONLY one that voted down the new POA contract. Watch city video. Plus if you remember the POA is the group that put out the hit peace full of lies about Edi.

It is sad that the council members that receives the money from the POA/Garbage/Seeno always vote them the best contracts with no questions and us average citizens have to pay.

11 RunDogRun June 1, 2014 at 7:01 AM

If you watch the Concord City
Council meeting, you can see
they all just like to hear them-
selves talk. Not that they’re
actually saying anything!

12 Anonymous June 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

There are so many incompetent, lazy employees living off the public trough. There is a manager who can’t even do a simple word document and has been there for years. The city even provides computer training classes. There is another employee who had job responsibilities taken away because she is incompetent with no decrease in pay and she spends most of her day on the internet. Her supervisor protects her so nothing is done about it.

13 Anon Redux June 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I prefer a well paid CPD. Look at Oakand and Vallejo. The alternatives aren’t pretty. I agree that we ought to take a closer look at the CPD budget, but remember, you get what you pay for.

What we really need is to get rid of all the waste in Sacramento. There are thousands of public union bureaucrats that do very little work, and then retire with huge pensions. At least the CPD works hard for the city of Concord, and overall, there are doing a good job.

14 No thanks June 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I would rather go to the circus and watch “real” clowns, than pretend ones.
It’s really like watching a bunch of clowns playing musical chairs, whose going to be a council man this time and whose going to be mayor.
We need to start voting for our mayor, not let them play musical chairs.

15 old concord June 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Have to agree with the majority . No new tax and we have the wrong people on council . Let’s change the council this election .

16 Julio June 1, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Pay attention to the UNFUNDED liabilities. Those are pensions and health care. In Antioch they are now 106 million as of last Friday. Starting July 2015 they are required to be shown (included) in the actual budget. No one has actually see them before. We will never ever see a balanced budget again. Not that is has been in the last 6 years. Watch these city folks very carefully. Bankruptcy is all to real for some cities.

Why have they waited so long? They should have begun months ago.

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