Recommended Budget Available to Public
updated: Apr 22, 2014, 2:24 PM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
The City of Santa Barbara released its Recommended Operating and Capital Budget
for Fiscal Year 2015 which begins July 1, 2014. The proposed budget includes a
total operating budget of $275.9 million and a capital budget totaling $36.7
The General Fund covers traditional municipal services such as police, fire,
parks, recreation, library, and building and planning services with a proposed
operating and capital budget of $115.5 million. The General Fund budget
includes a surplus of $1 million. Due to growth in transient occupancy tax,
sales tax, and property tax revenues, certain services that were cut during the
recession are proposed to be restored.
Key services recommended for funding include a Zoning Associate Planner position
to improve turnaround times for building permit applications, a Police Records
Specialist position to address the backlog of mandatory records management
duties, and a part-time Park Volunteer Coordinator. An increase in hourly
staffing is recommended to support afterschool sports programs, community
special events, and inclusion services for children with special needs to
participate in recreation programs. Additional hourly staffing is also proposed
to improve customer service and programming at the Westside Center, Carrillo
Recreation Center, and Parks and Recreation Office counter.
The Recommended Budget includes additional funding to improve maintenance of
street medians and parkways, add children's materials at the Library, reinstate
supervised youth skate hours on Saturday mornings, and address deferred
maintenance in recreation facilities. A 2% increase in funding for community
arts and promotion contracts is also proposed.
Recommended capital improvement projects include the refurbishment of the Kids
World Playground, renovation of Cabrillo Ballfield, installation of a new
heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system at the Police Building, and a
burn training system for the Fire Department. Additional funds are also
budgeted for street maintenance.
During April and May, each department budget will be presented to Council with
an overview of revenues and expenditures for the upcoming year, culminating with
Council's adoption of a budget by June 30, 2014. The budget document and a
schedule of public review meetings are available on the City's website at:
www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov. The budget document is also available at the City
Clerk's Office at 735 Anacapa Street, the Public Library at 40 East Anapamu
Street, and the Eastside Library at 1102 East Montecito Street.
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