City Hall live — budget update

The City Council approved the Measure A and B implementation plan and changes to the municipal code dealing with pawnbrokers, a move prompted by the 2012 gold-chain robbery epidemic. The changes are not major, said Stockton police Lt. Chuck McLaughlin.

Next up, Vanessa Burke, chief financial officer for Stockton. 

She recommended $3.1 million be set aside from the 2012-13 general fund “for critical needs:” deferred building and facility maintenance, radios for public safety, proposed technology projects and the general liability fund. $13 million to be transferred into the city’s 2012-13 bankruptcy fund. There remains one creditor the city hasn’t settled with, it could be costly if the dispute turns out to be “long and protracted,” Burke said.

The Council approved the 2012-13 unaudited general fund and Burke’s recommendations 6-0.

Burke then shifted to the first quarter general fund for 2013-14 (the current year). She said it’s too early in the year to make substantial changes to the budget but she recommended increasing the property tax appropriation by $987,000.

After the first quarter of the year. every department had expended less than 25-percent of budget for the year.

The Council accepted the status report by 6-0 and amended the 2013-14 general fund budget by $987,000 to account for the property tax discussed above.

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