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    Councilmembers Revise Proposed '06 Office Budgets


    (Sept. 10, 2005, updated Sept. 14) -- LB Councilmembers have revised sums they propose to spend to run their Council offices in FY 06. We post them below.

    The latest figures were provided to promptly on our request to LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill's office on Sept. 9. They were compiled (not determined) by the Mayor's staff; the figures originate from Council offices.

    Our posting of the new figures comes a week after we posted figures initially proposed by Council offices, which we noted at the time are subject to revision in the budget process.

    In LB, Councilmembers determine their Council office spending (subject to the legal requirement that the overall city budget be balanced); LB taxpayers citywide pay for what individual Councilmembers choose to spend.

    The budgeted levels below are not set in stone; they can be revised up to the time of the Council's budget vote (which could come as soon as Sept. 13). They can also be revised after the Council budget vote on any Tuesday by a Council majority.

    Under the process followed by Mayor O'Neill's office, at about midyear the Mayor's staff provides Council offices with an estimate of what their budget would be for the coming fiscal year if increased costs (e.g., workers comp, PERS, etc.) were factored into their current office budget.

    In July, Council offices send the Mayor's office their proposed budgeted spending figures for the coming year. These figures are apparently incorporated in City Hall's overall proposed budget, which as publicly released in mid-August doesn't itemize spending proposed by individual Council offices.

    However, the Mayor's staff sends an internal memo to Councilmembers, itemizing proposed spending by each Council office (allowing Councilmembers to see what their colleagues propose). Although the memo isn't routinely released, reporters tend to get hold of such things...and we did. We cited its data in our previous article.

    At this point, before Council offices could compare what each other proposed and before we posted our story, 7th district Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga was the only one Council office that proposed a spending reduction from the previous year's adopted budget.

    As part of its process, the Mayor's office gives Council offices an opportunity to revise their proposed office spending figures if they wish...before the public Council budget vote. As the figures below indicate, several Council offices did. 6th district Councilwoman Laura Richardson's office revised its proposed 06 spending downward by nearly $60,000. 7th district Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga reduced its proposed spending further...and remains the only Council office to propose a spending reduction from the previous year's adopted budget.

    Data below are from the Mayor office memos of Sept. 9 and August 19:

    City Council Budgets
    FY 2004-05 Adopted vs. FY 2005-06 Proposed Budgets

    OfficeAdopted 04-05Proposed 05-06*Adjusted 05-06**
    DISTRICT 1334,182340,862341,023
    DISTRICT 2389,445431,857431,857
    DISTRICT 3398,202415,962414,287
    DISTRICT 4361,096419,120412,260
    DISTRICT 5317,368346,471346,719***
    DISTRICT 6400,858477,565418,438
    DISTRICT 7375,807362,927358,443
    DISTRICT 8379,118391,392393,151
    DISTRICT 9333,910365,477362,365

    * Proposed Budgets are the budgets that are included in the City Manager's Proposed Budget, which was released on August 12, 2005.

    ** Adjusted Budgets include any revisions that Council offices may have made to their respective budgets since the Proposed Budget was released on August 12, 2005. These revisions will be included in the FY06 Adopted Budget.

    [*** Update 9/14: Reduced to $336,719 by Vice Mayor Kell at Sept. 13 Council budget vote]

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