Danville council to review 2016-17 budget projections, expenditure plan

Members to finish repealing approvals of 69-home project later Tuesday

The Danville Town Council is set Tuesday to discuss the town's draft operating budget for next fiscal year, including revenue and expenditure estimates, proposed improvement projects and the municipal government's 10-year financial forecast.

The morning budget workshop is due to come hours before the council members gather for a regular evening meeting to consider several informational reports and whether to complete the process of repealing its three-year-old approvals of a proposed 69-house development in the northeast part of town.

The draft 2016-17 town budget, which Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said follows the town's "tradition of conservative fiscal management," forecasts almost $34.7 million in revenues, including about $24.1 million in general fund revenues, an increase of 2.1%.

Danville staff recommends $31.4 million in expenditures in the draft budget, including almost $21.2 million in general fund expenditures.

"The town continues to operate on very positive fiscal ground," Calabrigo wrote in a staff report. "The recommended budget is balanced, maintains healthy reserve levels and includes fund transfers for needed capital projects. Ten-year forecasts show that Danville continues on a course that is fiscally sustainable."

The draft budget calls for more than $8.8 million in appropriations for capital improvement projects.

Enhancing downtown parking is a key for the town next year, including work on a new 81-space Rose Street lot, offering $1.2 million toward construction of 200 new student parking spots at San Ramon Valley High School, adding 12 spaces to the Village Theatre lot and reconfiguring parking near the intersection of Danville and El Cerro boulevards.

The budget recommends $5.82 million in regular pavement maintenance, including resurfacing Camino Tassajara westbound from the eastern town limits to Sycamore Valley Road, resurfacing San Ramon Valley Boulevard from Podva Road south to Jewell Terrace and $2.5 million in overlay and slurry seal work in designated neighborhoods.

Other projects include expanding the Sycamore park-and-ride lot, design work for the replacement of the La Gonda Way bridge, improvements at Osage Station Park and renovations to the front lobby, public hallway, restrooms and conference rooms at the town offices.

Staff recommends adding two full-time equivalent employee positions to the Maintenance Services Department.

The draft budget includes an operating reserve of about $11.1 million, or 36.8% of the recommended operating budget for 2016-17.

The workshop will also feature a look at the town's 10-year budget forecast, which projects total revenues increasing to $38.1 million by 2025-26.

"The 10-year forecast shows that town operations will continue to be sustainable through 2025-26, assuming that the town continues to operate at current service levels and utilizes accumulated reserves to augment new revenues," Calabrigo wrote.

The budget discussion, open to the public, is set to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the town offices at 510 La Gonda Way. It is the first of four scheduled morning workshops in May before the council considers final budget adoption June 7.

Council members will meet again Tuesday evening for a regular meeting set to start at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

Among its business, the council will consider wrapping up the process of rescinding its prior approvals of a proposed 69-house development on Magee Ranch land near the intersection of Diablo and McCauley roads.

An environmental group sued the town after the council endorsed the SummerHill Homes project in 2013, and the courts agreed with one of the group's arguments -- that the town failed to adequately study bicycle safety impacts of the proposed development. The town was ordered to repeal its earlier approvals until completing a bike impact study.

The council started the rescission process April 19 by adopting a resolution and giving initial support to an ordinance to reverse its prior approvals. That ordinance, which sets aside rezoning of land at the site to accommodate the project, is set to be formally adopted with a second reading and final vote Tuesday night.

Town officials can reconsider the residential development proposal after finishing public review of the bicycle impact study and updated environmental impact report.

The ordinance approval is included in Tuesday's consent agenda, a collection of items deemed routine and voted upon all at once.

In other business, the council will hear regular reports on the Tri-Valley Transportation Council, the town's Administrative Services Department and town investments.

Council members will also host a presentation by Dolores Pita, manager of the Street Smarts program, and they will recognize winners of the 11th annual Street Smarts "Be Reel" Video Contest (AJ Morelan, Jaden Wu, Ryan Carter, Spencer Tsubota, Natalia Bobroff, Stella Stretch and Annie Ashton) and the 12th annual Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest (Elizabeth Tak and Daphne Chan).

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