The contract for fire service between the City of Modesto and the City of Oakdale and Oakdale Fire Protection District has been made official. Modesto City Council members approved the plan at their meeting on June 11 and Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer said it will take effect July 1, 2019.
“I feel really good about it,” Whitemyer said. “We have a system that will provide a very high level of service to Oakdale and the Oakdale Fire Protection District.”
A late Tuesday afternoon meeting, June 18, after The Leader went to press, was to include Whitemyer, some Oakdale council members and some representatives of the fire protection district meeting with Modesto city and fire officials to talk about a name for the recently approved service for Oakdale.
Meanwhile, Whitemyer said the budget for fiscal 2019-2020 for Oakdale that was approved Monday night, June 17 at the regular Oakdale City Council meeting includes the increased cost for fire services – which also brings an increase in services for residents.
The budget is classified as “preliminary” with the final budget typically reviewed and approved by the council in October or November.
Projected revenues and transfers in for the General Fund are listed at $12,963,163 and the projected expenditures and transfers out for fiscal year 2019-2020 are $12,958,600. Those figures indicate just over $4,500 more coming in than going out and that would add to a fund balance the city anticipates having at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2020.
The budget proposal includes, among other items, negotiated cost of living increases for city employees, increased costs to add a third firefighter at the Willowood Fire Station, financing a new lieutenant position in the police department and also allows for hiring two full-time maintenance workers in the streets division.
In the staff report, it was noted that “The Operating Budget for the City of Oakdale is a complex document that manages the revenues and expenditures of over 80 separate Fund Accounts.” Many of the accounts have specific rules and requirements dictating how they can be used.
The General Fund, Sewer Fund and Water Fund are the three largest fund accounts in the city budget.