It seems as though many city governments are going to have to get really creative next year to manage their budgets in the wake of these slow economic times.
At last night’s San Leandro City Council work session on the budget for next fiscal year, Mayor Tony Santos proposed an unconventional idea of his own to address the city’s projected budget deficit.
He suggested the city charge a fee on its fire insurance policy, saying he was once given the title as one of the country’s six experts on this matter (he used to work in the insurance industry in his heyday). This idea also accompanied his suggestion for a public safety tax if the economy doesn’t return to normal in the next two years or so, as well as making use of the council’s authority to implement the city’s charter.
“If we had some public safety tax, an insurance policy fee in fire insurance, and also if we implemented the charter provision at least on health benefits — if we could get $2 million from each, that would give us at least $6 million,” he said. “That would go a long way in managing the budget situation a little better.”