Friday, June 23, 2006

Arcata's Budget

So, Arcata passed their annual budget. No real news there.

What caught my eye was this paragraph:

Arcata’s total budget is $28.7 million. Of that, $8.1 million is in the general fund, which covers most city departments’ operating costs and basic services. Enterprise funds, including water, wastewater, storm drainage and transit, and Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program grants represent the remainder of the budget, or $20.6 million.


Only $8 million goes to the general fund? Wouldn't you expect it to be the other way around with the $20 million going to the general fund instead?

Are all city budgets this lopsided?

13 Comments:

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crooks in city gov't (groves, meserve, etc) want to make sure they have enough pocket money for perks and trips overseas. all paid for at taxpayer expense.

 
At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enterprise funds, particularly water and sewer have to meet the cost of serving the public, which is quite high. If you think about it in this context perhaps it will make sense: Police services usually make up over half of a City's general fund expenditures; however, while the pd services the city at large, you (hopefully) dont see them calling at each residence and business on a monthly basis. Water & Sewer ONTOH, are basic needs that each resident and business needs, on an ongoing basis.

finance dude(ette)

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Thanks for the heads up. Still, it seems pretty lopsided even with that taken into consideration.

I was thinking maybe that a lot of the money was from some kind of state financing that mandated it be used for some particular purpose so it couldn't be included in the general fund.

 
At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if they are such crooks why don't you get elected... all you can do is complain... typical...

 
At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred,

That is it as well. HOME grant monies, CDBG funds and other monies all have to be spent a certain way. In my experience as a finance director of a certain far away burgh (lol)
it is the enterprise funds that bring in the most revenues which cover the costs generated in serving the public.

 
At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have said "other SUCH monies"

 
At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a nightmare. Groves, Bravo, Douglas, Amerman,and Tad as Arcata city council. I awoke in a cold sweat and couldn't stop screaming for a good five minutes. To top it off they had made Greg Allen city attorney. I'm gonna need lots of valium to get any sleep tonight. Thank god it was only a dream...only a dream.

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard from someone at KMUD that the reason Nick Bravo and Rob Amerman were at each others throats in the 2004 election is because they were fighting over Harmony Groves. I heard that Rob caught Nick and Harmony in a compromising position and they almost beat the crap out of each other behind Lost Coast Brewery. Any truth to this? I've also heard that Drew dumped Harmony because he caught her sending Nick Bravo some spicy emails, again this is only rumor but one has to wonder why Bravo was so lenient on Groves in the 2004 election.

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On June 26th 2006, at 2:30 PM Nicholas Bravo of Lincoln Nebraska was hit by an oncoming bus at the corner of Capital Avenue. Obit to follow.

Good Riddance!

 
At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This last post a joke, or real?

 
At 6:05 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I was curious myself.Waiting for more to follow.

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I notice he's still posting on his blog as of today:

http://nickbravo.blogspot.com/

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon.R.mous is non other than friend and synchophant of Harmony Groves, Drew.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=30797431

He's also the one who relentlessly hounded nick bravo on the now defunct Humboldt Forums.

One has to wonder just how deeply involved in Arcata politics this jughead is. I reckon he's one of those that is expert at criticizing people and pointing out problems but he is completely inept when it comes to solving problems.

 

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