Money Remains Tight For City

LA MESA -- The City Council Thursday is spending a full day discussing the city's long-term plans and challenges.
The meeting, held in the public meeting room at the city's Fire Station on Allison Avenue began with a discussion of the city's finances which are remaining a delicate balance for the foreseeable future.
Finance staff told the council that projected increases in city costs will continue to slightly outpace revenue growth, leaving the city reliant on reserves for the next few years unless sales and property tax revenues pick up.
The council's annual workshop reviews long-term plans for each of the city's departments.

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Comment by Scott H. Kidwell on March 13, 2014 at 4:54pm

New Report from the San Diego Taxpayers Association:

The cities that will see the largest pension payment increases in Fiscal Year 2015, which begins this July, are:

  • El Cajon: 10.28% increase
  • La Mesa: 8.31% increase
  • San Marcos: 6.94% increase

The cities that will see the largest decreases in pension costs are:

  • Del Mar: 35.58% decline
  • Escondido: 11.38% decline
  • Santee: 6.92% decline
Comment by Mark Cavanaugh on March 13, 2014 at 2:05pm

Lets also make it a $500 fine to park RVs, Boats etc  on City streets between the hours of Midnight and 6 am.  Revenue generator and problem solver.

Since we are an All "American" (ignore the non citizen foreigners that live here) city, maybe we should charge admission to visit such a highly desireable place to be.

Place strategically located locked recycle bins around La Mesa especially in large apartment complexes for people to toss the bottles and cans in and the City  can turn them in for cash.  I know it takes away from the dumpster divers but what's more important, City services or a six pack and cigs (e cigs exempted).

Anyone else have any bright ideas?

Comment by Mark Cavanaugh on March 13, 2014 at 1:54pm

Oh yeah, one more.  Create a new $300 business license for panhandlers.  No license, no begging. 

Comment by Mark Cavanaugh on March 13, 2014 at 11:52am

Top Ten Things to do to Save the City

1) Convert anything that needs water to drought tolerant or no water needed landscape

2) Scrap the Defined Benefit Pension Plan and move to a 401K Type of plan immediately

3) Employees to pay for at least 10% of their health care premiums and 100% of their dependents and spouses.  We are employing one person, not the family

4) Outsource everything we can and give early retirement or pink slips as needed to reduce the number of employees

5) Automate, automate, automate

6) Sell or develop the old police station parcel

7) Stop sending out firetrucks for every medical call.  Use smaller less expensive vehicles and less personnel to go on each call that only requires a gurney and two paramedics

8) Stop Madrid from going into City Hall on weekends when no one else is there using electricity and HVAC

9) Have Madrid organize an Interfaith Council Bake sale to raise money for the CIty

10) File BK and start over

Comment by Mark Cavanaugh on March 13, 2014 at 11:37am

Glad we spent $3000 on joining the ECEDC.  That will really help with the deficit!

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