EL CERRITO — Citizens who wish to be told extra concerning the town’s ongoing monetary woes can attend a digital the town corridor Saturday to invite the Town Council at once concerning the issues.
The assembly, which will be held over Zoom at 10 a.m. Saturday, will permit other people to invite questions and be offering ideas concerning the town’s price range and budget, weeks after a state audit pilloried the council for years of unwise spending.
“Listen an replace at the Town’s price range, ask questions of workforce, and percentage your ideas with the Town Council on all monetary subjects reminiscent of price range priorities, the state audit, monetary prerequisites, and so forth.,” states an schedule merchandise at the town’s site.
The audit, titled “Over the top Spending and Inadequate Efforts to Cope with Its Perilous Monetary Situation Jeopardize the Town’s Ongoing Fiscal Viability,” blamed town officers, together with the council and former town supervisor, for proceeding to overspend in spite of declining revenues.
The audit discovered that salaries for police and fireplace group of workers include about part of El Cerrito’s expenditures, an issue that has been exacerbated via mounting pension tasks. It additionally made up our minds that town does no longer have sufficient sustainable income assets to offset all of its spending.
Based on the audit, Town Supervisor Karen Pinkos issued a commentary outlining steps that workforce has taken to start out remedying the issues. She additionally criticized the auditors’ tone, prompting the auditors to liberate every other commentary calling Pinkos’ reaction dismissive.
Citizens can to find town’s particular the town corridor schedule at www.el-cerrito.org/482/Council-Meeting-Videos-Materials.