Oxnard Council will try to pass budget Tuesday

By George Miller

After months of wrangling over budget priorities and agonizing on what staff and consultants say would be a $12.8 million deficit at current spending rates, Oxnard is now at the crossroads. By state law, budgets must be passed by the end of June or the proposed budget is enacted by default.budget

The current proposed budget is balanced via several major techniques, some questionable to critics. Included are: borrowing $16 milion fom the separate Measure O funding allocated for special purposes, a hypothetical $4mm in uncommitted “employee  concessions,” slashing the Fire Dept. overtime budget by half, relying upon a special property tax that some, like Phil Molina, say is illegal, squeezing out quite a few positions in several departments and slicing other budget items for Recreation, Library and more.

Advocates of various positions will surely be at tonight’s 4:30 PM meeting in a last ditch effort to promote their positions.


Item  Date  Agenda
City Council Meeting June 23, 2015 – 04:30 PM View Agenda
SUBJECT:   Consideration of Adoption of Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Operating Budget. (269)
RECOMMENDATION: 1) That City Council adopt resolutions: (a) approving the City’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 Operating Budget; (b) authorizing the Full-Time Equivalent Positions in the City effective July 1, 2015; (c) authorizing the Classification and Salary Schedule effective July 1, 2015; (d) approving the Appropriation Limit for Fiscal Year 2015-16; and (e) approving Financial Management Policies; 2)      That City Council authorizes the City Manager to transfer and make adjustment of interfund loans on June 30, 2015 to eliminate cash deficits in the Capital Improvement Impact Fee funds, assessment districts funds, and Golf and Performing Arts and Convention Center funds; and 3) That the Housing Commissioners adopt a resolution approving the Housing Authority’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 Operating and Capital Budget.
Legislative Body: CC/HA Contact: David Millican Phone: 385-7461



George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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Budget passed tonight, along with many assessment districts and property taxes. “Carman override” property tax rate to fund public safety pensions rate lowered because it was in violation of law.

Bert Perello surprised the council with a list of prior conditions for budget approval, setting performance measurements. Council refused to go along but did agree to use it as a framework starting september.