The budget adjustments will leave the city with a fiscal year deficit of nearly $200,0000, adding nearly $6,000 in net expenditures to the $193,000 deficit previously budgeted for 2012-2013. The fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The city also included an addition $460,000 in attorney’s fees it expects to recoup from litigation regarding abandoned homes, City Finance Director Minnie Moreno said Wednesday, May 22.
Additional expenses for this fiscal year included $84,000 for overtime for Patterson Police Services and a part-time security officer for the Patterson Skate Park. In addition, the city forked over $10,000 in extra expenses to help bring meals to the Hammon Senior Center five days a week. The Howard Training Center, funded by Stanislaus County, only brings meals three days a week.
The revised budget also included more than $30,000 for firefighter raises and between $60,000 and $65,000 for increases to non public safety city workers. Both the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4577 and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 10 negotiated new contracts this fiscal year.
The city’s new revenues come from increased sales tax dollars from Patterson’s Walmart store and increased receipts from property taxes, City Manager Rod Butler said.
Budget deficits for the last few years have fluctuated, between more than $214,00 in fiscal year 2007-2008 to $636,000 in 2012-13 including the $440,000 attorney’s fees adjustment.
City staff will present a balanced budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year in the coming months, Butler said May 14.
He said the future bodes bright for Patterson.
“We’re feeling pretty optimistic,” he said. “We need to make sure we’re responsible and not over-commit on the expenditure side.”
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