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A Bit on the Budget

City staff put together a thorough presentation on General Fund spending for next fiscal year without (ideally) running a deficit. Here is my attempt to digest it all.

Alameda City Council met last night [Tuesday, May 29] to discuss projected budget shortfalls for the general fund and how to prevent running a deficit. This isn't an uncommon problem for cities right now, by any means. And I was impressed at how staff and council kept coming back around to this idea of minimizing the impact of budget cuts on the community. Now this isn't to say we won't feel the pinch as staff numbers drop even while duties increase, maintenance is (even further) deferred, and some fees increase, but it does mean that public services will remain in place mostly unchanged.

I attended the meeting along with a fair number of other Alamedans, to hear what might get chopped. Here are my notes about the proceedings.

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Jack Boeger May 31, 2012 at 02:43 AM
This is great stuff Jenny. Extremely well done.
Claire Bonde May 31, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Jenny, I really appreciate the visual representation of this vast amount of information. I must admit I struggle a bit to read some of the smaller print, probably because of my older eyes ;-) and I couldn't find an easy way within Patch to make the image larger. Any suggestions?
Jenny Seiler June 01, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Claire, thanks for your comments. I know the pictures in patch are a little small... I usually upload my notes to my flickr stream at the same time, I'll try to remember to add a link to that set for easier and more flexible viewing. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23520192@N08/sets/72157629992892604/
Dixie Jordan June 01, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Claire, I don't know of a way to make the pictures larger, but I'll check and see if the Patch tech support people have any ideas. I have the same problem sometimes, especially if I'm editing late at night!

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