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|Marin County, CA||November 3, 2009 Election|
By Eric LucanCandidate for Council Member; City of Novato
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1. Stabilize the Budget + Novato is facing a $5 million structural budget deficit over the next 5 years.
Solution: In order to close the gap, I think all of the following need to be evaluated:
Solution: The city needs permanent office space for their city staff. Currently the city spends close to $700,000 per year out of their general fund to lease office space. If the redevelopment agency paid back just half of the $12 million owed to the general fund, the city could potentially purchase permanent office space and see an immediate $700,000 per year return on their investment (11.5%) which a portion of could be used to increase the sworn officer count.
3. Repair Novato's Infrastructure + Novato has several city facilities with years of deferred maintenance and new facilities are being opened in 2009 and 2010 with no funds in place for new maintenance.
Solution: In order to prevent the situation from getting worse, the city council should consider instituting a policy on capital improvement that would require a built in funding mechanism for maintenance of any new facilities.
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