City Council Set to Tackle Budget

After much preparation, the City Council is poised to dive into the budgeting process for the 2018-19 fiscal year, making its first formal leap at its study session on Friday at 8 a.m.
The City Council had decided this year to delay the budgeting process by two months to allow for the research and implementation of a variety of policies and procedures, including a reshuffled finance department, modified reserve policies and a strategic financial plan. This budget is due to be adopted beginning Sept. 1, instead of the usual July 1; for those two months, the city will operate with day-to-day expenses only and not begin any new capital projects.
According to the agenda, City Manager Marcella Marlowe and the city’s department heads have started rebuilding the budget process from scratch in an attempt to overcome procedural and financial issues that have plagued city operations for years. Marlowe plans to present her budgeting philosophy in more detail at this meeting.
Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne also plans to present on his Capital Improvement Program for the city and Finance Director Josh Betta will present a long-term financial outlook.
Marlowe said she will present the detailed budget proposal at the June 29 meeting.
In other business, the City Council will discuss amending the budget to allow the expansion of crossing guard services for the San Marino Unified School District’s summer school sessions. The city has historically provided crossing guard services for the district.
The net cost is expected to be $8,467.52.
The City Council will meet at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 25, in the Barth Room at Crowell Public Library.

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