Budget cuts to hit home

Council looking to cut city-funded programs
By: Megan Wood The Press-Tribune
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Usually shopping and keeping a budget don’t go hand in hand. But, in the case of Roseville’s city budget a little retail therapy could be just what the doctor ordered. According to Russell Branson, Roseville city treasurer, city sales tax revenue figures from the fourth quarter of the 2008 fiscal year are down 15 percent compared to last year and the city budget is down another $1.5 million this last month. “We’re down to making the difficult choices,” Branson said. While city officials say they will maintain the core services residents are used to receiving, some “extras” might have to go. “No matter what, when you stop providing something it’s going to affect somebody,” Branson said. For those bookworms: City libraries could shorten hours. By closing the libraries on Fridays, an estimated $75,000 in operating costs could be saved. The libraries will continue to maintain adequate staffing, however increased patron demand on the libraries may result in longer wait times at public counters, assistance for reference or technology needs. If you have kids: Some free children’s library programs may be reduced or eliminated next year. For those swimmers in the family, the Johnson pool may no longer offer public swim and swimming lessons this summer. Next summer, Oakmont may follow suit eliminating swim team, lessons and camps. Parks and Recreation summer youth programs like SPARKS, Summer Parks and Recreation Kids Spectacular, may also be eliminated. Placer County Fire Department may reduce funding of youth safety education programs like the SAFE Kids Lead program, that teaches parents proper fitting of a bike helmet, installation of a car seat and floatation device safety. Counseling for children identified as fire starters may also be reduced. A reduction in the state Supplemental Law Enforcement grant could see at least two more police department positions reduced or eliminated. This reduction in staff could mean a reduction in youth programs, traffic enforcement and service in crime and investigation units. As for safety on school grounds, more officers will be assigned to patrol more than one school campus. If you slip, slide and swing: The grass will still get mowed, just a little less often. By reducing the frequency of park maintenance the Parks and Recreation Department can save approximately $148,000. Parks and Recreation summer programs for seniors, adults and teens may be reduced or eliminated for an estimated savings of more than $11,500. Don’t rain on my parade: It could be a quiet Fourth of July this year as the city is looking to further reduce or even eliminate the celebration costs. Other holiday festivities are also in danger of reductions and elimination including Veterans events, the Neighborhood Santa program and the holiday tree lighting. The Downtown Tuesday Night Street Fair, Family Fun Night and the holiday parade will increase their reliance on donations on grants rather than city support saving the city budget a cost of more than $35,000.