its own deficit, but nowhere near the worst-case scenario for which
the city prepared.
According to City Manager Mark Alexander, the state budget strips
the city of about $250,000 of income in vehicle-license fees, much
less than the $700,000 the city had prepared for in its reduction
budget. The state legislature didn't take away the city's tax income,
leaving La Canada Flintridge in better position than officials had
"We're still disappointed that the vehicle-license fee was
impacted, because the city takes the position that vehicle-license
fee money [is] local revenue and shouldn't be used to bail out the
state," Alexander said.
He cautioned that the end result could be worse for the city,
depending on what the state does with its Community Oriented Policing
and Problem Solving program. In the past, the city has received
$100,000 for the COPPS program, but it might not get it this year.
Alexander also said the city lost some money from sales tax, but
it is making it up with increased property tax.
At its July 27 meeting, the city approved two budgets -- one
standard budget and one reduction budget. The reduction budget
accounted for nearly $700,000 in lost revenue due to the state budget
crisis. The reductions ranged from cutting an intern to save $19,050
to reducing expenditures on resurfacing streets by $100,000.
Now, the council must look at the two budgets and find some middle
ground, deciding which programs to implement.
"I have a feeling that we're probably going to be conservative
about the [money] spent," Councilman Dave Spence said. "I have a
feeling that the mayor will probably say to Mark Alexander, if an
issue is significant, bring that to us, but otherwise let's pretty
much operate in the most conservative manner."