Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/16/14, 1:00 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

UPLAND >> The city was left with a $6.3 million surplus after positive revenue gains and winnings from two legal settlements in the last fiscal year.

The City Council this week agreed, 4- 1, to utilize $2.3 million of those funds to take care of the deficits in the following accounts: the General Capital Improvement Fund, the Animal Shelter Fund and the Self-funded Liability Fund.

The practice follows a new policy to allocate any excess funds above 10 percent of the budget – or $4 million of the $42 million – to pay off existing debts in other city funds.

Councilman Glenn Bozar voted against the move because he felt the council policy limited the way the Finance and Economic Development Committee could handle the surplus.

The city allocated $826,535 to fund capital improvements, $591,650 for animal services and $179,940 to the self-funded liability account.

“I really don’t want to keep pouring money into something that is going to keep creating a deficit if there is no plan to address those issues. It is a fundamental philosophy of mine that we really want to get our costs in control and have a plan,” Bozar said.

Bozar, a member of the Finance Committee, used the animal shelter as an example. The deficit went up to $1.4 million but the councilman says there was no plan to reduce expenses and get the department costs under control.

“Also, I’m sure that residents, with that surplus amount, might rather have it go into street repair. But we’re handcuffed by the policy,” Bozar added.

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