CCSD expects to dip into reserves to balance budget

ktanner@thetribunenews.comJune 6, 2013 

Cambria Community Services District directors expect to see — and vote on —their final operating budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year in June. The final budget is not expected to be noticeably different from the draft version presented to them at their meeting May 23.

That draft budget shows slightly more than $8.4 million in total operating expenses, and about $7.9 million in revenue, with a net transfer from reserves of $497,632 to bring things into balance.

According to an analysis of proposed activity in the reserve accounts, district General Manager Jerry Gruber and Finance Officer Alleyne La Bossiere anticipate transferring a total of $314,265 out of reserve funds for operating expenses during the fiscal year and $183,366 for capital improvements.

The district’s first capital improvement budget in several years also is expected to be presented soon, according to Gruber.

The draft budget anticipates the agency will add some staff and juggle other employees during the year. Payroll over the 2012-13 fiscal year is estimated to rise by $180,161, or about 4.4 percent, in part to accommodate an expanded conservation coordinator role and a new utility worker.

Also expected are increases in water and wastewater sales, respectively $31,000 and $21,000, and property taxes are estimated to rise by $37,756.

Rebate and retrofit-program expenditures are expected to go up by $68,838 over the last fiscal year.

The next regular district Board of Directors meeting is set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.


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