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June 12, 2007 > Hayward City Council Prepares for long Budget Meeting

Hayward City Council Prepares for long Budget Meeting

By Charlotte Weston

It has been two weeks since the last Hayward City Council meeting and there was plenty catch up on. Several items on Tuesday night's agenda could be addressed.

The meeting began with a discussion on the annual Para transit plan. A request was made to authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement with ACTIA to receive measure B Para transit funding for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2012 and execute service contracts to implement the fiscal year 2007-2008 Hayward Para transit Plan. The recommendation was approved by a unanimous vote.

A 12-foot wide pedestrian way easement was offered for dedication and accepted by the City on November 19, 1951. The intent was to serve the lands and future development to the south of Inglewood Street. For many years now the pedestrian way has been fenced and used by the various owners of 26608 Underwood Street. The property owner of 1072 Inglewood Street requested a summary vacation of pedestrian way easement in order to move his property line and allow him to add onto his existing house. After a brief discussion among council members, the request was approved.

A discussion of the Operating Budget for the City of Hayward took up the majority of the meeting but it was a great opportunity for the public to speak on the proposed budget and address any concerns.

The Operating Budget represents expenditures of $195 million for all city funds. $114 million of the funds are in the General Fund; $56 million is in Enterprise Funds. The balance is distributed between the City's Special Revenue, Debt Service, and Internal Service Funds.

The Capital Improvement Budget represents expenditures of $66.3 million. Of this total $46.5 million is for utility projects, while $15.2 million is used for street and sidewalk projects. The balance is distributed between airport facilities and miscellaneous projects.

It was noted to council in a previous budget message to council members that because recurring expenses have been greater than recurring revenue for next year, staff cannot recommend incurring any new on-going financial obligations.

After a long presentation came many questions from council members and Hayward City residents.

The meeting closed with this item; remaining items to be held over until the next council meeting on Tuesday June 12 at 8:00 pm at City Hall in Hayward.

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