Category Archives: Budget

A half-sense sales-tax increase

If you like the way the Alameda City Council has been spending the taxpayers’ money for the last several years, the Merry-Go-Round has got a deal for you: Just vote for the sales-tax-increase measure expected to be placed by Council … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, City Council, Firefighters | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Same old, same old

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Or, to make our point in English, whatever else may be happening at City Hall, the Alameda fire department never misses a beat.  Regardless of the identity of the Fire Chief and … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, City Council, Firefighters | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Not enough to go around

So do you want the good news or the bad news first? That’s what we thought. The good news is that, thanks primarily to the sale of three apartment buildings, the General Fund will receive about $4.7 million more in … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Autopsy report

The infrastructure bond proposal presented to Council last Tuesday earned a distinction unique in the term of the current Council:  it was the first major issue on which Mayor Trish Spencer found herself on the same side as both of … Continue reading

Posted in Alameda Point, Budget, City Council, Firefighters | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The latest financial update

Those Alamedans who weren’t able to stay up after 2 a.m. to catch the end of the live feed, or who later quit watching the video after seven hours, missed what may have been the most significant – and troubling … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, City Council, Pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Spend away!

Three weeks ago, the Merry-Go-Round reported on City Finance Director Elena Adair’s forecast that, if all of the additional spending proposed for the next two fiscal years were to take place, the “available balance” in the General Fund would drop … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

There goes the “surplus”!

Wanna see how to make $32 million disappear in just five years? Then you ought to show up Wednesday at Council Chambers for the budget workshop, and City Finance Director Elena Adair will show you how it’s done. Or maybe … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments