By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:    June 15, 2016 at 4:05 PM
Updated: June 15, 2016 at 5:49 PM

  • Projected $56.1M general fund revenues up 3 percent

VICTORVILLE — The City Council adopted its fiscal year 2016-17 budget late Tuesday, predicting $183.7 million in city spending, including the general fund, with an additional $35 million in capital costs.

Victorville’s projected general fund revenues of $56.1 million represent a roughly 3-percent increase over the prior year, and come up against $55.4 million in estimated general fund expenditures, according to documents provided by the city.

The Council met last month in two special workshops with department heads. City staff were tasked with trimming a little more than a $1 million from the spending plan to reach a balanced budget.

According to a city staff report accompanying Tuesday’s Council meeting, a balanced budget was achieved by the following: splitting the cost of six paramedic firefighters with the county; instituting a FIRE life support response fee; extending the contract with Victor Valley Animal Protective League; and increasing property tax and transient occupancy tax revenues.

Those moves resulted in roughly $1.1 million in costs savings or additional revenue.

Public safety contracts with the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Fire departments make up $37.3 million, or about two-thirds of the general fund expenses.

The city’s top sheriff and fire officials have acknowledged city budget constraints and the five-percent increase in public safety costs over the the prior year. But Fire Chief Dan Munsey pointed to the 25-percent jump in calls since 2008 and $4.1 million in equipment that needed replacing. There have been no fire service vehicle replacements in eight years, he said.

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