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Dublin projects up to $4.6-million budget shortfall for 2010-11

State 'takeaways' and slowing economy taking their toll on city revenue

A special budget report reviewed by the Dublin City Council shows declining future revenue projections and a reported budget shortfall of as much as $4.67 million in Fiscal Year 2010/2011.

City Manager Joni Pattillo reported that needs for essential city services continue to exceed revenues. She said the city has already had to utilize one-time economic uncertainty reserves to balance the current budget.

"This growing deficit will affect our ability to maintain current levels of service to the community in the long term," Pattillo said. "

The $4.67 million budget gap does not include more than $2 million in state takeaways from Dublin this year or any future state takeaways that are currently being discussed in Sacramento, Pattillo added.

The city's ongoing budget problems are primarily due to the lagging economy which has negatively impacted property and sales tax revenues, she explained. These two funding sources together make up over 70 percent of the city's operating revenues.

In the last two years Dublin's sales tax revenues have rolled back to less than what was received in 2001 and property tax revenues per capita have decreased by 13 percent.

"Many people don't realize that the city is only allowed to keep 24 cents out of every property tax dollar and only 10 cents from every dollar collected in sales tax,""said Pattillo. "For its part, Dublin has already slashed millions in city operating expenses to address the budget gap in its previous year and current year budgets."

"However, the city cannot continue to maintain current service levels without putting a substantial strain on emergency reserve funds," she added. "Without additional revenue, the city will be forced to examine cuts in services."

"We are focused on trying to protect and maintain the services that the community relies on, such as the number of firefighters and paramedics needed to keep emergency response times short, saving lives," Pattillo said. "While we want to protect and maintain our emergency responses times, the city can't ignore the fact that more than half of Dublin's operating budget is comprised of costs relating to public safety and these budget areas must be examined."

"Dublin's population includes a significant number of seniors who depend on the city having reliable emergency response services," the city manager noted. "It would be devastating if we could not meet the needs of all of our families, including our senior population."

The City Council will be taking up the budget discussion again in April and will continue to get input from the community on its priorities for Dublin.

"It is important we hear from residents on what types of services they want protected as we address these serious budget issues," Pattillo said.

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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:05 am

dublinmike is a registered user.

gunslinger, did you even bother to read the article?


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:05 am

dublinmike is a registered user.

Oh and one more thing... if you have the answers then why not run for office?


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:43 am

Pleasanton is next. We need to cut salaries, pensions and other benefits of all schoo, city, county,state and federal employees. We have not even started yet.


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I think perspective would help to give a more clear picture. What percentage of the total budget is $4 million? How much of a reserve will Dublin have if we use it to balance the budget? Exactly what kind of cuts can be made to specific services in order to balance the next budget?

The article implies that things are ok right now because of the emergency reserve that was put in place during the good times. These are the not so good times, which was the purpose of creating the reserve. Dublin can plan now for a smaller budget next year, giving ample time for input and review. There should be no worries at the moment.


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Posted by Fed up with Whiners
a resident of Laguna Vista
on Mar 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm

These people who make negative comments and attack others on print do not have the majority's respect and admiration.

DO something and leave your computer for once. Stop this armchair philosophy and put your passion into constructive action.

Attend board meetings in person (watching them on TV does not count).

Run for office. See if you could do a better job.


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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Oh is poor baby fed up. Or are you just jealous that we're changing the world with a few minutes of our day and an iPhone?

Sorry we're not using your preferred forums. Sorry people are listening to us.


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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Oh and I didn't know protecting elders was considered disrespectful Pleasanton Weekly.


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Posted by John Z.
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

The City of Dublin is managing communications to prepare residents for a new tax measure to help bridge the budget gap:

Web Link

The form of the tax (e.g., parcel, sales, fee) remains uncertain at this point.


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

PW, I do not think Gunslinger's first two posts were not objectionable. They should have not been removed.

Having said that, his comments did not address the topic but were somewhere out in the ozone...


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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for having my back there mike. I know you don't agree with me on most things, but we can all agree on freedom of speech when it's not obscene. You have deeply earned my respect. Just so you know, I was never calling anyone a traitor but the media and government officials. Thanks again. You're a standup guy


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Gunslinger, UR welcome. See you on the streets...


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Posted by Bear
a resident of Rosewood
on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

What's going on with the Walmart or Super Walmart possibly moving in to part of the shopping center where the Target Store is located? That would bring in much needed Sales Tax revenue to the City.
I heard that Walmart was looking at the empty space that is available in that Center.


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