2011-12 spending plan includes $533,692 in cuts
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2011 08:58:05 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – It’s not the budget city officials hoped for, but it’s the one they expected and one they can live with.

After the third consecutive week of reviewing a set of proposed cuts and hearing updates on state budget developments that play a big part in the city’s plans, the City Council voted Tuesday night to accept a package of cuts as part of a balanced budget.

The city cut $533,692 by removing positions, reducing programs and consolidating services. That leaves it with a surplus of $290,793 in its General Fund for fiscal year 2011-12, which begins Friday.

City staffers, council members and citizens had repeatedly reviewed the city budget because they were unsure how decisions made by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature would affect the city.

Council members said that led to a grudging acceptance of the necessary cuts, which they approved unanimously.

“The thought is, (let’s) move forward with all this that there’s some comfort level with, even though it’s very painful,” Councilwoman LeeAnn Garcia said. “Whatever the dangers that are going to hit our city, I know we’ll weather it together.”

The city cut the position of the deputy city clerk, a longtime city employee, and a management analyst from the Community Development Department. It also ended city sponsorship of events like Grand Terrace Community Days, reduced maintenance of parks and City Hall and merged several departments.

On the heels of a report showing most categories of crime declining in the city, they also cut a traffic deputy position and will share a patrol deputy with Loma Linda.

Also, a patrol deputy’s hours might be cut in half, to 20 hours a week, if funding is not found through the state Community Oriented Policing Services grant.

To read entire story, click here.