Proposed Bakersfield budget: 26 new jobs, more tax revenue

Proposed Bakersfield budget: 26 new jobs, more tax revenue
Downtown Bakersfield is seen in this May 2010 file photo.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The next city budget could reflect positive economic growth, resulting in new hires and more operational spending.

City Manager Alan Tandy shared major points of his proposed 2013-14 budget during Wednesday night's City Council meeting.

Departments will have the chance to look over the proposal and make requests and suggestions before the budget is adopted at the June 26 City Council meeting, city analyst Chris Huot said Thursday. Fiscal 2013-14 starts July 1.

Among the highlights in the proposal:

  • 3.64 percent increase in the operating budget to more than $415 million
  • 7.4 percent increase in the General Fund (a component of the operating budget) to more than $197 million
  • No fee increases for citizens (sewer, refuse and domestic water quantity rate)
  • Funding available to restore 26 city jobs, including 10 sworn police officers and seven in public works
  • $18.3 million to resurface and reconstruct city streets
  • Completion of multiple phases of Westside Parkway
  • Start of construction on Rosedale Highway widening and Highway 99 axillary lane project
  • Phase III of Sports Village and Phase II of Mesa Marin Sports Complex
  • Sale tax revenue growth of 2.5 percent (projected)
  • Property tax revenue growth of 1 percent (projected)