Last year’s budget for the Cameron Park Community Services District ended healthier than expected once all income and expenses were accounted for, according to Denise Herrnberger, senior accountant for the district.
According to her report given at the Sept. 19 board meeting, the district ended up with a surplus of $345,000 due to savings in different departments coupled with some revenue increases.
The board voted to use $82,000 of the surplus to cover the deficit in the 2012-2013 budget; $66,500 will go into a reserve for economic uncertainty, $66,500 will go into a fund balance carryover and $130,000 will go into a fire equipment replacement fund.
In other actions, the board invited Dennis Timoney, who is the chief risk officer with the Special District Risk Management Authority, to discuss the different responsibilities of staff, board members and the public.
Timoney engaged in a back and forth discussion with members of the public who are frequent critics of the district. In an exchange that became heated at times, he said he supported limiting the amount of time members of the public were given to speak because it allowed “the business of the district to go forward.”
In response to complaints that a deputy was at the previous meeting, he noted that if the general manager believes there is a threat — whether real or perceived — she is entitled to have a deputy present. General Manager Mary Cahill stated later in an interview that the cost of that deputy was $375. No deputy was present at the meeting on Wednesday night.
In other reports, Cahill said they were still analyzing the outcome of the Grillin’ and Chillin’ event and when a report is completed it will go to the Parks and Recreation Committee. She said she thought the event would probably break even.
Following up on a prior request by the board, Tina Helm, Recreation Supervisor, reported that approximately 35 percent of classes scheduled were later cancelled because of insufficient enrollment. Youth basketball classes continue to be top revenue producers for the district.
The board approved allowing Waste Connections of California to offer residents the choice of having a 35 gallon waste container instead of a 64 gallon one. The cost will be $22.15 a month for the smaller cart. The waste disposal company said they would start notifying residents in October of the new option.
Cahill said the board also decided to move ahead with different plan updates including updating the park and facility master plans, the fire master plan, a capital improvement plan, marketing plan, and actuarial plan to determine the retirement liabilities of the district. She said some plans will be done in-house and others will be contracted out.
“It’s exciting that the board is making a commitment to get the planning process in order,” said Cahill. “That’s huge.”