Cameron Park Life

Cameron Park CSD has new budget

By From page C9 | July 02, 2013

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors adopted a tentative 2013-14 budget at its June 19 meeting. The budget was approved on a 4-0 vote with board member Shiva Frentzen absent.

Revenues for the district are projected at $5.14 million and expenditures at $5.26 million for the fiscal year. The deficit of $113,290 will be made up using the surplus from this year’s budget.

Property taxes were projected to remain flat in the coming year with only a modest rise in revenue from program fees, special events and facility rentals. The Cameron Park Community Center continues to be the biggest drain on the budget with a projected loss of $185,448 by the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Some of the changes considered in the new budget were fire personnel costs, which are projected to increase by 5 percent due to the end of furloughs. Health benefits were assumed to increase 10 percent and the CalPERS contribution rate is expected to go from 19.185 percent to 20 percent.

A staff report on the budget also mentioned that in July a meeting has  been scheduled to discuss a possible bond restructure.

Issues not included in the budget that could increase the deficit were the unfunded liability for retirement health care costs; a capital improvement program for parks, the community center and fire station; and future risk management financial impacts on legal costs.

The district had a cash balance of $2.5 million as of the end of May. General Manager Mary Cahill said they are in the process of doing a reserve study to decide how much of this money should be set aside in one or more reserves for future expenses such as retiree health costs or depreciation.

During the public comments on the proposed budget, resident Bill Carey urged the board look into restructuring the bond on the community center. Resident David Gelber said it sounded like the general fund is growing and asked if the district could use it as an investment instrument.

The board also voted to approve a 2.14 percent increase for waste disposal requested by El Dorado Disposal. Beginning in July, the charge for a 35 gallon container will be $22.62; a 64 gallon container will be $25.42; and a 96 gallon container will be $32.45. The rates for seniors will remain the same.

Board members voted to continue waiving any compensation for serving on the board.

Cahill reported that contracts had been signed for an upcoming Renaissance Tudor Fayre and a professional level barbecue competition.

The board approved extending the existing Joint Powers Authority Advanced Life support Fire Engine Agreement and the Advanced Life Support Ambulance Agreement between El Dorado County Emergency Services Authority.

However, a policy change regarding how items are added to the agenda was sent to the Budget and Administration Committee to finalize and bring back to the board.

Kirk Bone, director of Government Relations with  Parker Development Company, asked the board to appoint an ad hoc committee to meet with the company, along with representatives from the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, to discuss public recreational opportunities for the Marble Valley and Lime Rock Valley development projects.

Gelber questioned whether Parker Development had ever brought a lawsuit against people who opposed one of their developments. However, Cahill cautioned him about pursuing that line of questioning and Bone never responded. Resident Gerald Lillpop added he was concerned that since the proposed projects are in El Dorado Hills, CPCSD wouldn’t receive any of property taxes but would get all the traffic. He also wanted to know if people from the proposed new developments would be charged an out-of-town rate to use the CPCSD facilities.

The board then approved setting up an ad hoc committee to meet with representatives from Parker Development. Board members Scott McNeil and Vicky Neibauer will represent the district.

Dawn Hodson


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