Citing city budget policy, staff claims "unanticipated revenues"  are "dedicated to long-term liabilities and replenishing reserve and internal service funds to established targets. "  How could they have not anticipated these revenues, having acknowledged other effects of the sudden population influx? And since the city has admitted to deferring street maintenance for years because of a shortage of funds, shouldn't they replenish the street fund?

Staff instead suggests uses for these funds that are not covered by the above policy:  $1,405,000 to guarantee airline service,  $350,000 toward the city's Community Choice Aggregation scheme, $100,000 to remove the BMX track from the fairgrounds to accommodate homeless services, $30,000 for questionable district maps, $250,000 for a "remodel" of Fire Station 1, and $515,000 for the "Homeless Solutions Project". 

Putting $400,000 toward the long-term pension liability may fit policy, but I find it questionable - staff already transfers millions a year into that fund from other funds that remain in the red.

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

 What about the conditions that increase our vulnerability to outbreaks of diseases?

Tiny home villages have the best potential to house the most amount of people, with social distancing, for the least amount of money, in the least amount of time.

If more of our seniors were housed, with distancing, we would be more pandemic resistant. Leaving so many seniors on the street makes us more vulnerable to outbreaks of disease.

The City's list of properties, includes among others:

Verbena Fields 13 acres vacant PTN Airport 1,079 acres vacant Bidwell Ranch 760 acres for intermittent cattle grazing Equestrian Center 15 acres for horsing around

Plans for new shelter beds 0 acres for seniors sleeping unsheltered

The City has land. CHAT has a plan. We have a crisis. Let's ask the Council to direct Staff to find three acres that they can lease to CHAT. If we don't have it by May, we may not have the time to be operational before next winter.
Remind them WE HAVE A CRISIS!

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Juanita Sumner 4 months ago

Can you please explain to me what your comment has to do with my post?

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

You're talking about how to allocate City funds. You mentioned "$515,000 for the "Homeless Solutions Project", the Jesus Center expansion that is several years out. I'm sorry but we have a COVID19 Crisis that is exacerbated by our declared Housing Crisis. These are two life and death issues. A lady who works at the Chamber of Commerce had to step over a dead guy in her doorway the other day. The street fund is secondary in my humble estimation.

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Juanita Sumner 4 months ago

I disagree, please read budget policy. Why have policy if staff doesn't follow?

If you're looking to divert money toward "homeless solutions" you should ask city finance man Scott Dowell how much staff siphoned out of various funds to put in their Pension Stabilization Trust last year. Since 2012 they've moved about 38 million out of the street fund, the sewer fund, the park fund, etc, into their "unfunded" pensions - wow, they could have built another Jarvis Gardens!

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

sounds at least irresponsible and maybe illegal.

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Juanita Sumner 3 months ago

Well, they made it legal - it's called "appropriating". Chris Constantin spent hours explaining how he made it legal, after accusing the former finance director of malfeasance. That's why the taxpayers have to pay careful attention to the rules. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Finance Committee meeting - they give a finance report every month, you should be there, asking pointy questions.

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Mary McGowan at July 07, 2020 at 5:06pm PDT

The money should go for our infrastructure...roads sewer etc.

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