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Santa Rosa seeks budget input

Santa Rosa is seeking public input on funding priorities in advance of its upcoming discussions of next year’s budget.

Santa Rosa’s budget picture improves, but future costs loom

A slowly improving economy has helped brighten Santa Rosa’s budget picture, but the ballooning cost of public pensions, the annexation of Roseland and covering Bennett Valley Golf Course’s debt all threaten the city’s financial recovery.

Petaluma’s budget shows improvement, for now

Petaluma’s mid-year budget analysis shows a fairly rosy short-term picture, but possible problems down the road.

Rohnert Park on road to revival

Marilyn Ponton, Rohnert Park’s normally low-key development services manager, laughed and spoke in exclamation points as she said, “We’re on the map! We’ve been discovered!”

The Friendly City’s economy, if not quite booming yet, is making loud noises as 2014 starts. The shift in fortune buttresses city leaders’ claims that they have been laying the groundwork for an economic recovery and further development.

Santa Rosa mayor calls for audit of Parks and Recreation Department

The mayor of Santa Rosa has called for a financial audit of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in the wake of what he called ‘disquieting’ revelations about the department’s budget.

Rohnert Park facing $2.3 million deficit

Rohnert Park’s City Council on Tuesday will review the revenue and expense trends that have contributed to the city’s looming $2.3 million general fund deficit.

Some bright spots in Petaluma’s tight budget

Petaluma’s mid-year budget review again is one of those mixed-message scenarios. The city’s general fund reserves are projected to be about $1.4 million by the end of June, which is a far rosier projection than just a few years ago when the fund had been drained to a few thousand dollars.

Windsor economy shows signs of recovery

Windsor’s budget is benefiting from an improving economy, with sales and property tax revenues rising steadily. A mid-year review conducted by the Town Council Wednesday shows property tax revenues up 13 percent compared with the same time last year. Sales taxes for the first quarter of this fiscal year were up 10 percent over the same period a year ago.

Cloverdale mayor says budget is top priority

With barely $60,000 in reserves, Cloverdale needs to get its fiscal house in order, according to newly-named Mayor Joe Palla. In the coming year, he said the top priority should be the city’s budget.

Higher tax revenues, concessions help Santa Rosa boost reserves

Higher tax revenues from the improving economy combined with cost savings from employee concessions should put Santa Rosa in the black for the third year in a row. The city should end this fiscal year with $17.8 million in reserves, the first time in five years it has hit its goal of having at least 15 percent of its general fund set aside for emergencies.

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