Oxnard to debate budget cuts- Police, Fire, etc. and present utilities budget

By George Miller

After months of wbankruptcyExitrangling about Oxnard spending priorities, it’s getting down to the wire, with a budget due by month-end.  This year is different than most, in that estimates of deficits have grown and grown to $12.8 million- and that was just as of last Thursday.  Projected deficits have been presented as the uncovering of past misdeeds of Council members now out of office and staff who have departed, even though some have been in office up to a decade.  However, some of this is also the  result of rapidly swelling pension and salary expenses and revenues which stagnated as a result of the protracted economic downturn.

This is no joke- unless decisive action is taken soon, Oxnard could risk insolvency and possible bankruptcy.

City staff have proposed serious cuts to police, fire and other areas. Many residents and unions are “up in arms” (not literally- yet) over public safety cuts, but there are definite financial limitations.  Hard decisions will have to be made about what is really vital.

The problem is not all mismanagement of spending. It seems that the emphasis has been more on expenses than revenues. Building a stronger tax base of prosperous businesses and families might be a good next step.

A big turnout is expected at this afternoon’s  City Council meeting at 4:30 P.M.  Stormy day. Stormy meeting?

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City Council Meeting June 9, 2015 – 04:30 PM View Agenda

 

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

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