Thursday, August 16, 2012

Paucity Of Budget Information Available Online

On Monday night, Mayor Ballard gave 6 minutes of introduction to his proposed budget for 2013.  As of right now, very little is available to the public on the City's website.

There are four Council Proposals that were introduced Monday night - Prop 282, 283, 284, and 285.  Significant information is left out of the first three, which are replete with blanks instead of numbers.  Only the last one has figures for revenue - but no details on expenditures.  For instance, it is of extreme interest where money is being transferred from one fund to another, which is normally listed in the last Proposed budget ordinance.  Yet, what we find is just a catchall "interfund transfer" instead of the usual breakdown into exactly how much is being transferred into exactly which fund.

The Office of Finance & Management webpage still has the 2012 budget details that are critical to any review of the budget - but not a single byte of information about the proposed 2013 budget.

Lets hope that the Council and County Offices aren't being held as much in the dark as the public is by the administration that claims to be so transparent.

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