On June 4, 2012 the City Manager’s 2012-13 proposed budget was approved by the San Leandro City Council for fiscal year, July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. City staff presented a proposed budget that reflects the vision and goals of the City Council established in February 2012. The proposed budget is the product of a focused and successful effort to meet the challenges of minimal revenue growth while responding to the community’s service needs.
The new budget is balanced with no reductions to current services and programs, and reflects the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency, now administered by the Successor Agency (the City of San Leandro).
Council directed staff to focus on a sustainable budget that lives within the City’s available revenue, so future budget years may also be balanced. The budget is balanced thanks to the support by San Leandro residents who supported Measure Z, the quarter cent sales tax increase, in November 2010. The tax was implemented on April 1, 2011 and is scheduled to sunset on March 31, 2018. This infusion of revenue from Measure Z helped to reduce the need to make program and service cuts, allowing the economy and the City’s revenues and reserves to slowly recover.
Over the past several years, the City Council made very difficult fiscal decisions that included significant expenditure cuts and the use of Economic Uncertainty reserves. With the Great Recession slowly diminishing, the new budget is balanced and continues to provide programs and services vital to keeping San Leandro a “world class” city.