San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council unanimously approved adjustments to the city’s budget that are expected to give the city a tiny surplus, but will make only two of the city’s five pools available for the public this summer.

And it’s still not balanced in quite the way other cities’ are, depending on bankruptcy protection to prevent creditors from suing the city for money owed to them, said Assistant City Manager Nita McKay.

“It is important to note that the city’s balanced General Fund budget for the fiscal year is made possible because the city is under the protection umbrella of Chapter 9 bankruptcy,” McKay said.

There’s about $15 million the city “hasn’t figured out how to pay yet,” City Manager Allen Parker said, as a May 30 deadline to file a plan of adjustment detailing those plans approaches.

Sales tax revenue is expected to continue to climb, as it has for the past several years, to the highest level since 2006-07, which along with property tax and administrative civil penalty revenue increases will give the city $1.3 million toward $2.8 million in expenditure increases.

That still leaves a surplus of about $113,000, with no reserves, according to budget documents presented Monday.

The largest of those is a $2 million increase to firefighter overtime, which Parker attributed to a three-month delay before cuts to the Fire Department that were supposed to begin July 1 actually became effective.

The city also approved general fund increases of $600,000 for 36 new police vehicles, $190,000 in part-time hours for the Parks adnd Recreation Department, $25,000 for Code Enforcement and $12,000 for the city treasurer’s office.

It would have taken about another $60,000 to keep pools open beyond the Jerry Lewis Swim Center and Ruben Campos swimming pool, Parks and Recreation Director Mickey Valdivia said.

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