Brawley City Council passes budget for 2013/2014

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City employees, Council members, and Cattle Call Rodeo Committee members
join Mayor Sam Couchman at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the refurbishment of Cattle Call Park Wednesday

BRAWLEY – The Brawley City Council approved the budget for fiscal year 2013/2014.

The City will have a budget of $61,625,084.

The General Fund will be $16,350,364.

With the dissolution of the Brawley Community Redevelopment Agency and the state funds that came with it, the City of Brawley has had to find ways to cut costs and still preserve the services and functions of the city government.

The Council provided staff with priorities for coming up with a new budget.

  1. Financial stability
  2. Decent streets
  3. A leader in downtown business revival
  4. Reliable water, sewer, and stormwater  infrastructure
  5. The cleanest  and most attractive city

As of July 1, 2013, the City of Brawley will implement changes to its employee pension plan. The employee contribution to California Public Employees Retirement System will be 9% for sworn personnel and 7% for non-sworn personnel.

The City will continue to pursue staffing scenarios by relying on attrition, to freeze positions that become vacant, and to balance the City’s commitment to existing employees, public service, and public safety levels.

Public safety remains a top priority and the restoration of the Fire Chief shows that commitment.

Membership contributions of note are;

Brawley Chamber of Commerce – $10,000

Imperial County Film Commission – $5,000

Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation – $5,000

The City will continue to upgrade streets, infrastructure, and overall maintenance.

No City employees will be laid off under the new budget.