At $7,625,362, the draft 2012-2013 operating-revenue budget for the Cambria Community Services District is about 1.7 percent lower than estimated district revenues for the current 2011-2012 fiscal year, $7,759,324.
That figure includes a $12,000 transfer from unrestricted water-department reserves.
However the draft revenue figures for the next fiscal year are just about on a par with the budget directors originally approved for 2011-2012 ($7,683,922).
Water department and wastewater department expenditures each are estimated to be about $2 million in 2012-2013 (the wastewater department costs would be about $80,000 higher), while general fund costs are estimated at $3,464,664. Fire department revenue would be reduced about $241,000, comparing estimated 2011-2012 income and proposed revenues for 2012-2013, at $1,823,287 and $1,582,123 respectively.
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Final CCSD budget numbers are likely to change a bit, though, before the budget comes back to the board June 28 for a vote.For instance, some board members balked at cutting the North Coast Ocean Rescue Team’s budget from $10,000 to $2,350. The issue came down to a debate over whether the 16-year-old team is or isn’t part of the Cambria Fire Department.Eventually, the directors decided it is.
The team’s boat already is registered to the district, Stacy said, and there are other fiscal links that bind the two entities. “It’s all in how you characterize the funding,” District Counsel Tim Carmel said, noting that team members are covered by CCSD liability insurance policies. “It would be hard to look at a jury and say we have absolutely nothing to do” with NCOR. “It seems like a reasonable investment” to protect both the district and team members.
NCOR was lauded earlier in the meeting for its rescue of a kayaker stranded in cold ocean waters on May 13.
For more on the budget, go to www.cambriacsd.org and click on Agendas and Minutes under Board Business, then go to the agenda for May 24.