An enhancing financial system, the 0.75% sales tax increase voters approved in March 2020 and higher price range practices are anticipated to permit Montebello to spend practically $6 million greater than this fiscal yr, which ends June 30, and nonetheless stability the price range.
Montebello Metropolis Supervisor Rene Bobadilla’s price range for the 2021-22 fiscal yr ending in June 2022, headed for Metropolis Council approval June 23, predicts a $278,760 surplus.
The Metropolis Council is predicted to take one other take a look at the price range at its Wednesday, June 9 assembly.
“It completely speaks to the development in budgeting and with the ability to allocate bills in non-general fund sources,” Michael Solorza, finance director, mentioned.
“It’s wholesome, balanced and offers the idea for day-to-day providers with no cuts and a few enlargement in providers and operation,” Solorza mentioned. “It’s a well-thought-out, deliberate price range.”
Until this year, Montebello experienced a series of years with deficits. A December 2018 state audit mentioned the town was on not sure monetary footing because of working a golf course, resorts and a water system — all of which can want subsidizing — whereas relying too closely on one-time sources of cash and a scarcity of aggressive bidding.
But last year’s budget projected a slight surplus for the yr ending this month.
Subsequent yr’s $61.2 million proposed price range requires hiring of 13 extra workers, together with:
- A data technician for Administration.
- A constructing allow technician and housing supervisor for the Neighborhood Improvement Division.
- A neighborhood danger discount coordinator, grants and undertaking administrator and senior hearth inspector for the Hearth Division.
- Human sources and data techniques managers for Human Assets.
- A recreation supervisor for Parks and Recreation.
- An assistant engineer and public works inspector for Public Works.
- A upkeep supervisor and transit planner for the Transit Division.
With this price range, the whole variety of metropolis workers reaches 467.
“What we realized two years in the past is we have now critical crucial staffing wants in sure departments based mostly on our measurement,” Solorza mentioned.
For instance, in previous years, the town added two positions in the Fire Department to deal with homeless individuals. Additionally the Hearth Division had neither a fireplace prevention officer nor somebody to assist with price range paperwork, he mentioned.
“You may’t have a firefighter doing price range time,” he mentioned.
Montebello additionally has the cash to pay for the brand new workers, partially due to the $7 million from Measure H, the gross sales tax voters permitted final yr, Solorza mentioned. That quantity got here in $1 million larger than anticipated.
“Measure H was a type of nice initiatives that helped Montebello float by means of the pandemic,” Councilwoman Scarlet Peralta mentioned.
Gross sales tax income additionally is predicted to go up by14% or $2.5 million from the fiscal 2019-20 yr.
“It incorporates anticipated development as individuals are beginning to spend extra,” Solorz mentioned of gross sales tax projections.
“We’re doing higher than anticipated,” he mentioned. “The federal stimulus checks have helped folks not simply pay for necessities however splurges.”