The City of Sacramento says staffing reductions in the fire department are a possibility if the department continues to lose money.
The department is almost $3 million in the red for this fiscal year.
Leyne Milstein is the Director of Finance for the City. She says the fire department is struggling to meet its goal for ambulance service revenue and it has an increase in expenses in its dispatch center.
"They are doing two things," says Milstein. "One, they have fully-staffed. Two, they are starting to save up money to do a capital replacement of their dispatch software. And so, those costs are passed on to those who utilize the dispatch center and we are one of the two largest users."
Milstein says revenues from the ambulance service are almost $2 million below expectations.
The city is considering proposing an increase in ambulance fees this spring.
The City of Sacramento has a $14 million budget surplus from last year.
Leyne Milstein is the City's Finance Director. She will ask the City Council Tuesday to approve a plan on how to use the money.
The plan includes spending $2 million to move the city's data center out of a basement and to a building with minimal flood risk.
"We're also going to be addressing some other bond-funded projects, critical needs -our top-five deferred maintenance projects- including work at the Sacramento Public Library and some energy-efficiency projects at our police stations."
On-street parking revenue has declined this year by $1 million, but Milstein describes that as a "one-time problem" that will be solved with surplus funds.
The City hopes to put about $2 million each into a rainy-day fund and toward retiree benefits that are currently unfunded.
The City got the surplus from increased property taxes, by not filling vacant positions, and by winning a lawsuit against Sacramento County over fees the county was charging.
A California law, which was passed to respond to the drought- allows artificial turf on all residential property. But a Sacramento city councilman says the law should allow cities to restrict its use.
Professional rugby is on its way to Sacramento, according to representatives from PRO Rugby, Cal Expo and the owner of Bonney Field.
City of Sac Identifies $367 Million In Water-Related Projects And The Rates Required To Pay For ThemThursday, October 22, 2015
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The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.
Low water levels in the American River, due to the drought, is expected to increase the volume of trash volunteers collect during the Great American River Clean-Up Saturday in Sacramento County.