The proposed increase to the city manager’s budget is from $1.84 million this fiscal year to $1.94 million in 2008-09.
The council’s office calls for an increase of this year’s budget from $498,462 to $500,540, according to city reports.
“There is an increase in the city manager’s budget,” Administrative Analyst Sana Arakelian-Ford said. “The rise is from salaries, benefits and material supplies.”
Arakelian-Ford also called for an increase of $50,000 to ensure that a metal detector and its staff, from the private security firm Andrews International, continues to operate outside council chambers.
The proposed budget for the city attorney’s office remains essentially unchanged from 2007-08, as does the library services and public information budgets.
Small increases to the proposed library budget include $7,050 for the Sister City program, as Burbank prepares to send nine of its students to Incheon, South Korea, this year. But the Library Department is also planning to raise some of its fees, according to Library Services Director Sharon Cohen.
The proposals includes a $30 replacement fee if circulation baskets — used primarily to cart around books in the library — are not returned and a $25 charge for exam proctoring for local students, a $5 increase from last year’s fee.
“The time and materials required to process the exams warrants this small increase in fees,” Cohen said.
Some of the biggest budgetary jumps from this year’s budget to next come from the Fire and Park, Recreation and Community Services departments.