RP council places ‘fiscal crisis’ label on budget deficit
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By Jud Snyder  June 28, 2013 12:00 am

Rohnert Park’s City Council unanimously voted to hang a designation of “fiscal crisis” on the city’s current $1.4 million budget deficit. The vote required a 5-0 decision and a roll call tally to become legal.

Before the vote, vice-Mayor Joe Callinan raised the only mildly dissenting note. 

“We see the city’s hiring a new staff member to oversee how the Graton Tribe mitigation funds are spent, and then we declare a fiscal crisis exists. I know the tribe’s paying for this new staff person, but does the public realize this?”

When it came time for the vote, Callinan, who had the next to last turn on the roll call, said, “We are in a fiscal emergency and there’s a lot of speculation out there on the casino giving the city money. But this money is for impact mitigation only.”

The decision isn’t exactly what a recent community survey found out. Residents were asked back in mid-May this year in a telephone poll to say how the “city’s budget deficit concerns them.” In the survey results 52 percent of the respondents said they had concerns. Four years ago, a community survey had 65 percent saying they had concerns, so the concern about city budget deficits seems to be diminishing. 

Other comments from the council were limited and praised the fiscal crisis designation.

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