The new and revised city budget for 29 Palms was posted yesterday on the city website. A total of 67 pages – down considerably from the original 420 pages.
The first glaring item I noticed was the now infamous use of 1.7 Million dollars of the city reserves to balance the old budget. Well it is back in this budget even when I heard the Council tell the city manager on June 26, 2012 that any use of the current reserve was not going to be allowed.
Has something changed since June 26, 2012?
The Mintz proposal was to establish a list of eventual projects to be built/completed if there was a fund balance at the end of this upcoming fiscal year. Meaning if come June 30, 2013 there is a fund balance of 1.7 million dollars then those projects that they talked about for an hour would be authorized to proceed and the ending year enexpended funds/fund balance would not be put into the existing reserves but used to build the items on the wish list.
I will be making my phone calls and trying to sort this all out as time permits over the next few days.
I also will be going over this shorter version of the budget with a fine tooth comb.
I also noted that there is a closed session item on the city manager. Since he is only providing a 1% cost of living allowance to employees of the city there had best not be any discussion of any increase in his salary or benefits at all given his level of performance over the last 14 months.