Most cities and counties were upfront about how much they needed to cut. A few said they had balanced budgets, but noted they were also shifting money from reserves. Citrus Heights said it had a bona fide balanced budget, with no cuts or fee increases or reserve shifts needed.
Absent from our story, though, was Rancho Cordova. A graphic listing all of the deficits for the region simply listed the city as "N/A."
Here's the backstory:
Rancho Cordova's city manager Ted Gaebler told The Bee the city's upcoming budget was balanced. He also said it was going to be balanced only after spending cuts and fee increases.
But if your budget -- which the city council has not yet adopted -- isn't balanced without proposed fee increases or cuts, then you have a deficit, right?
No, said Gaebler. Repeatedly. "Our budget is balanced."
Not sure Rancho Cordova residents and businesses will see it that way once they read this this council agenda item, asking them to pay increased fees " to prevent the need for further declines in service levels that have been necessary in order to produce a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year."