City Coun­cil to con­duct bud­get re­view

The Signal - - News - By Tammy Murga Sig­nal Staff Writer

The Santa Clarita City Coun­cil is set Tues­day to re­view its bud­get, which in­cludes funds for ma­jor projects in the city’s five-year plan, Santa Clarita 2020. They will also dis­cuss mul­ti­ple trans­porta­tion-re­lated items.

In late June, the City Coun­cil adopted its $203 mil­lion bud­get, which in­cludes a pro­jected $110.8 mil­lion in gen­eral fund rev­enues.

Staff gath­ers around this time to eval­u­ate the adopted bud­get, rev­enue pro­jec­tions and eco­nomic con­di­tions for the re­main­der of the fis­cal year, a stan­dard pro­ce­dure to “en­sure any de­vi­a­tions from the ini­tial bud­get pro­jec­tions are proac­tively ad­dressed,” ac­cord­ing to the agenda re­port.

“When we pre­pare the bud­get we make es­ti­mates but as new data ar­rives we make es­ti­mate ad­just­ments, which is what’s demon­strated in this mid-year re­view,” said Car­men Magana, director of ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices for the city.

The rec­om­mended mid-year ex­pen­di­ture bud­get ad­di­tions to­tal nearly $1.2 mil­lion, with the largest sum com­ing from the gen­eral fund ($373,026). Sev­eral com­po­nents make up the amount, in­clud­ing $50,000 re­ceived from the Los An­ge­les County Home­less So­lu­tions Plan grant for the city’s plan to pre­vent and com­bat home­less­ness.

Un­der bud­get re­duc­tions, the amount to­taled to more than $1.1 mil­lion, with the largest rev­enue de­crease of $1.7 mil­lion com­ing from the Bridge and Thor­ough­fare District funds. This comes from $1 mil­lion col­lected in re­la­tion to the Need­ham Ranch de­vel­op­ment ear­lier than pro­jected in the 2017-2018 fis­cal year bud­get and a de­crease of $700,000 from the Best Western re­model project due to the de­vel­oper us­ing bridge and thor­ough­fare credit rather than cash pay­ments, ac­cord­ing to the city.

Trans­porta­tion

The City Coun­cil is also ex­pected to re­view three items that aim to im­prove trans­porta­tion for driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans alike.

Among those in­cludes the rec­om­men­da­tion that they au­tho­rize the purchase of 20 bat­tery backup sys­tems as part of phase one of three to in­stall 53 sys­tems. At the com­ple­tion of the pro­gram, a to­tal of 173 of 192 sig­nal­ized in­ter­sec­tions would have a backup. The sys­tems pro­vide re­li­able emer­gency power to traf­fic sig­nals in the event of power fail­ures or in­ter­rup­tions.

If the City Coun­cil ap­proves, a con­struc­tion con­tract may be awarded to re­place the ex­ist­ing tim­ber pedes­trian bridge across Ar­royo Park Drive, be­tween Kirsten­gary Way and Tos­sano Drive, with a pre­fab­ri­cated steel truss bridge. Staff rec­om­mends award­ing the con­tract to lo­cal Leonida Builders Inc. for more than $570,000.

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