San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/16 – 10:14 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday saw a budget for the 12 months that begin July 1 that anticipates aggressively filling some of the 130 vacancies in the city while maintaining a small surplus.

Details of the budget for fiscal year 2016-17 will be presented on June 27, because a copy of the budget itself was not available for council members to review at the time of the meeting.

There are no major cuts, according to City Manager Mark Scott.

“Things are starting to move in a positive direction in San Bernardino,” Scott said. “… But it certainly won’t allow everything you would like.”

The city expects revenues of $112.76 million and expenditures of $245,000 less than that, allowing for a small surplus, Finance Director Brent Mason said.

The 2016-17 budget can’t be accurately compared to prior years, Mason said, because of significant changes such as the outsourcing of fire and refuse services.

Among the effects of those changes is a continued drop in the number of city employees, with 752 positions authorized in the budget.

And 130 of those authorized positions aren’t yet filled, something Scott said the city plans to move “aggressively” to change.

Despite that, Scott said he expects “salary savings” — money budgeted for positions that no one is hired for — to be even greater than this budget calls for, and also expects revenues to be higher than the budget calls for.

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