Local cities did not take a direct hit when the state closed a $19.1-billion gap and completed its budget last week, but Glendale and Burbank city leaders are still leery about the fiscal road ahead.
Glendale City Manager Jim Starbird acknowledged the budget signed Oct. 8 — 100 days after the start of the fiscal year — was less of a burden on cities than last year's budget. Last year, Glendale was forced to turn over $11 million in redevelopment funds to the state. Burbank wrote a check to the state for $16 million, and, all told, cities statewide sent $2 billion back to the capitol.
This year there is no apparent tab for cities — for now.
"As long as the state has the structural budget problem it has, all public agencies continue to be at risk," Starbird said in an e-mail.