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City’s New Budget Includes Added Staff

The San Marino City Council voted 4-0 to adopt its new 2022-23 operating and capital budget, with Council Member Gretchen Shepherd Romey not in attendance at the May 27 meeting.

The proposed budget includes $34.2 million in unrestricted revenues and $30.1 million in operating expenditures, projecting a net income of $4.1 million.

The vote concluded the five-month budget process where residents, the city council and city departments worked to plan for the next fiscal year of operations. Finance council liaisons Mayor Susan Jakubowski and Council Member Ken Ude, City Manager Marcella Marlowe and Finance Director Paul Chung took the lead in the process.

The capital budget consists of $10.1 million for new projects, $5.9 million for unfinished projects from the previous year and approximately $600,000 for new equipment. The project list for fiscal year 2022-23 includes the highly anticipated renovations to the San Marino Center.

The City Council also approved additional staff for the community development department and the community services department.

“After feedback from numerous community members about the backlog of submitted projects needing approval, it was clear that additional staff resources were critical to meeting the needs of the city’s community development process,” Marlowe said. “The added staff for community services results from the return of a city-run summer aquatics program.”

While the vote marked the conclusion to the formal budget process for known expenditures, the city is currently involved in its cyclical negotiation process with employee union groups.

“As such, we do not know about the impacts that will have at this time,” Marlowe said.

The anticipated total cash and investments by fiscal year end June 30 is approximately $45 million, according to Chung.

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