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May 25, 2010 > Fremont City Council Work Session

Fremont City Council Work Session

May 18, 2010

Operating Budget for FY 2010/11:

Fiscal Year 2010/11 Proposed Operating Budget will include department and staff reductions and aggressive management of vacancies. Property Tax and Franchise Fees are expected to decline resulting in a $700,000 reduction in revenue from the Mid-Year review. The remaining balance of the Budget Uncertainty Reserve will be depleted leaving Core Reserves of $18.3M, equal to approximately six weeks of operating costs.

Balancing the 2010/11 budget deficit of $6.0M with use of the remaining Budget Uncertainty Reserve is dependent on deferrals of some capital projects, a freeze of staff positions, reduction of cost center allocations, reduction of vehicle/computer replacement and other, yet to be identified, balancing strategies.

Cost Centers for specific city services are based on "fees" and help insulate the General Fund. Expenditures must be used to benefit fee payers. The "Development Cost Center" is currently below its target but the Recreation Cost Center is in compliance with reserve policies.

The council has been asked to consider a "provisional budget" which will maintain the top priorities of police, fire and maintenance services and "reset expectations." Staff comments reflect a sentiment of no longer doing more with less, rather doing less with less.

The Fremont Redevelopment Agency is expecting to devote $4.0M to housing and $4.5M to business investment during FY 2010/11. Funds from the increased cap of $1.1B are not included in current calculations. Soil remediation in Niles, Bay Street improvements and Centerville redevelopment were briefly mentioned.

The first public hearing of the FY 2010/11 Budget is scheduled for June 1, 2010. Adoption is expected June 8, 2010.

Centerville Framework Plan:

Redevelopment Agency presented a guide for future development opportunities in Centerville. The "framework" is designed as a potential vision and strategies for development, parking, design and a work plan. Consultants of Field Paoli have created a timeline and prioritization of immediate, short term, intermediate and long term projects. These include the Centerville Unified Site, decommissioning State Route 84, lane configuration of Fremont Boulevard, disposition of Fire Station 6, parking management and renovation of Center Theater.

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