Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011) ended with over $700,000 of spending beyond the approved budget, digging into city reserves.
Early extra-budget spending this year appears to be financed from Sheriff Dept cuts.
The Council approved the current year budget in June with a $110,000 deficit and instruction to the City Manager to negotiate approximately $150,000 from the Sheriff Department's approximately $841,000 Contract.
The August 11th City Council meeting Staff Report on Budget adjustments reported that the Mayor and City Manager had negotiated $175,000 in cuts to the Sheriff Budget.
There was no mention of a specific service cut, however other Los Angeles County Sheriff Department contract cities (see Palos Verdes) which make their contracts public shows that a 40 hour Sheriff Deputy unit, which the City of La Habra Heights has used in past contracts, costs approximately $250,000.
In this scenario, the $175,000 cut to the Sheriff contract works out to a reduction of about 5.6 hours per weekday in an in-city Sheriff deputy.
The August Staff Report also states that State Law Enforcement funds were restored in a State manuever that brings $78,300 to the City.
The $175,000 Sheriff cut and restoration of $78,300 in State funds changed the projected $110,000 Budget deficit into a $143,000 surplus.
However, the surplus gained by reducing Sheriff service is not expected to last the night, as City Staff has proposed new spending to deplete the surplus, leaving little for likely upcoming unplanned expenses.
|Item||Dollar Amount||Budget Balance|
|City Budget Status - June 2011||-110,000|
|Cuts to Sheriff Service||+175,300||+65,300|
|State Funding Restoration||+78,300||+143,600|
|Proposed New Accounting Software System - Agenda Item 18||-50,000||+93,600|
|Proposed Weed Abatement Enforcement Fire Marshall - Agenda Item 20||-25,000||+68,600|
|Extend Weed Abatement Intern - Agenda Item 20||-25,000||+43,600|
|Weed Abatement Door Hangers & Forms - Agenda Item 20||-10,000||+33,600|
|Survey City Park for Bridge Dispute - Agenda Item 21||-6,800||+26,200|
|Facilities Assesment inc New City Hall - Agenda Item 19||-19,235*||+16,995*|