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May 22, 2012 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

May 15, 2012

Consent:
Authorize purchase of mobile data computers in not-to-exceed $555,801.25 with Datalux Corporation for police department
Accept a grant for bridge maintenance at Ardenwood North, Ardenwood Overhead and Paseo Padre Overhead bridges
Approved contract with Shaw Industries for carpet replacement in Police Building not-to-exceed $280,000

Ceremonial:
Recognize May 11-20 as Affordable Housing Week
Proclaim Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Proclaim Older Americans Month

Public Communications:
Sixth grade Garden Girls of Warm Springs Elementary School presented a vision for a "Fremont of the Future" as a wholly sustainable community

Other Business:
Proposed Operating Budget for FY 2012/13 shows emergence from recession but with slow and uncertain growth due to economy, dissolution of redevelopment and State budget woes. It is expected that a deficit budget gap will decrease until a small surplus emerges in 2014/15. Budget principles include a structurally sound and balanced budget, maintaining adequate reserves and regular monitoring of financial performance while achieving efficiency. Total reserves as of June 30, 2012 are $23 million.

Employee bargaining will include total budget costs and sustainability measures. Performance measurement will be a central part of evaluation; all departments will incorporate such metrics by FY 2013/14. Focus will be on General Fund preservation, controlling the cost of doing business and revenue generation through economic development.

Unmet needs for basic services include: street maintenance, deferred maintenance of capital assets, Downtown Plan, post-employment benefits and public safety (i.e. Fire Station 11 and addition of 7-10 police officers). A public survey conducted April/May 2012 shows some confidence in budget management and the most important services public safety, garbage/recycling, street maintenance and economic development. Although a majority (66%) of those surveyed feel the City has some need for additional funding, only 22% feel the need is great. A slim majority favor a tax increase for specific purposes (i.e. police, paving, street repair).

The first public hearing of the FY 2012/13 Budget is scheduled for June 5 with a second hearing and adoption June 12, 2012. A full discussion is available at the City of Fremont (www.fremont.gov) website - webcast (May 15, 2012) and written documentation (Your Government/City Financial Information).

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