Chuck Reed released his 2012-13 budget plan Friday, and for the first time in his six years as mayor he finally has the opposite of a budget shortfall.
City staff says there is a $10 million surplus for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, and with that money the mayor said in a statement that he wants to open four libraries and a community center, allocate $2 million to gang prevention programs, and invest in street repairs.
“After a decade of budget cuts, we will likely be able to avoid painful service reductions and layoffs this year, and slowly begin to address some of our community’s top priorities,” Reed said. ‘However, we’re not out of the woods yet.”
The four newly-constructed libraries include Bascom, Calabazas, Seven Trees and Educational Park. The plan also suggests opening the new Bascom Community Center.
While also hoping to set aside money for future years that are projected to feature deficits, the mayor also wants to look into street repairs that focus on a 400-mile priority network of San Jose’s most heavily used roads.
Because of paycuts and layoffs, the city says the budget will experience “a one-year reprieve.” City staff is projecting a $22.5 million deficit in 2013-14, and there is an additional $105 million in annual road and infrastructure maintenance.
“These ongoing challenges underscore why we must continue implementing our Fiscal Reform Plan,” Reed said in his statement. “While difficult, these reforms are absolutely necessary to maintain the services we’re funding this year, restore additional core services for our residents, and repair and rebuild our deteriorating infrastructure.”