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Proposed $18.9 Million Budget for 2018 Fiscal Year was Discussed at Wednesday's Imperial Beach City Council Meeting

May 18, 2017 05:07PM ● By Paul Spear
City's Efforts for Transparent Budget Process Should Be Applauded as Budget for New Fiscal Year Budget Made Available to Public. See or Download Proposed Budget Here c/o City of Imperial Beach. (Note: click on PDF File Above to Download Proposed 2018 Budget)

Wednesday Night's City Council Meeting was dominated by talk about the budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year which begins July 1st, 2017. A proposed budget of $18.9 Million was presented to the City Council by Finance Director Doug Bradley and discussed on Wednesday Night's City Council Meeting.

One of the items mentioned that will make a lot of people happy is that the prospect for a Dog Park that a lot of citizens have been asking for looks like looks favorable. IB Mayor Serge Dedina said that a lot of the funds for the park have already been raised and looks like it will happen. However, the funding for other new projects that the citizens have been asking for are not likely without  a significant source of income under the proposed budget presented at Wednesday night's City Council Meeting.

The largest source of income for the City of Imperial Beach is the Port of San Diego which represents over 24% or $4.6 million of the City's income. The largest expense for the City is their contract with the County Sheriffs for their services. The City pays the Sheriffs just over $7 million a year or 37%. While there was talk of looking into ways to cut that expense, the City Council made it very clear they were extremely happy with the job the Sheriffs have done.

The 2nd largest expenses for the city is salaries of the employees representing 34% of the city's expenses. The consensus there between everyone was that the City of IB is in business to provide services to the people who live and work there and it takes people to provide those services and no one was interested in cutting services to the people.

Talk changed to looking into ways to raise revenue. Doug Bradley noted that new software the City had purchased recently had not only improve the time it took to hand out parking tickets for street sweeping from 20 minutes down to 6 minutes allowing the city to give out more parking tickets but also made collecting the revenue from those tickets much easier as less mistakes were made. It was noted that the time savings would also allow the City to write more tickets. However, Mayor Dedina countered that he wants to be sure that revenue is not made on the hard working blue class citizens living in the City.

Here is the City's proposed budget for you to see c/o the City of Imperial Beach and their Transparency Policy. Remember, if you would like to download the proposed budget, please go to the PDF File at the top of article and below picture.











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