Even so, the council wasn’t willing to tack on to the cost of street-sweeping violations.
“I know the revenue piece was pretty significant,” Councilman Dave Golonski said of the increased fee for parking citations during allotted street-sweeping times. “But can we at least not impose this additional three dollars — it’s kind of adding insult to injury if you ask me.”
Despite the $3 increase, Financial Services Director Cindy Giraldo recommended amending the city’s budget to reflect a $290,870 decrease in revenue from parking and other traffic fines, a trend being researched by Burbank Police Department.
Weakened revenue streams from Burbank Water and Power due to the mild summer and conservation efforts forced a decrease of $931,213 in projected funds for the current fiscal year and another $597,000 reduction in telecommunication revenues, according to a city report.
Property tax revenue predictions remained unchanged, while services charged for city services defied expectations and registered a $648,102 increase for the current budget forecast.
Burbank has also seen a nearly a $1.5-million increase in sales tax revenue from the year prior during the first six months of the current fiscal year, city officials reported, bumping the figure up to $7.8 million.
The 7% increase exceeded the 1.1% bump in the original forecast, Giraldo said.
An $8.4-million budget gap is forecasted for the upcoming fiscal year.