Divvying up the city pie

25 Nov
This is a "pie chart" of the city budget.

Imagine this as a “pie chart” of the city budget.

When we went to the Tea Party meeting at Marie Callender’s last month, we picked up a pie heading out the door. I told my husband, make it something decadent, so he got this chocolate cream pie, pictured above. When we got home and divvied up three little pieces among ourselves, I said, “Wow, police and fire get the rest.”

The picture above is a pretty good representation of the “public safety” portion of the City of Chico budget. Last time I looked, the annual expenditures were around $43 million, and the police department was getting over 21 of that, or roughly half. The fire department gets less than the police department, but between the two of them, they eat about 84 percent of our communal pie.  Imagine – all the other departments, I think seven other employee groups in all, get to fight over that last little piece. Give you a little look-see what the contract negotiations are all about, eh?

Tomorrow morning I’m going to try to make it out of here by 7:45 to get to a Finance Committee meeting. I’ve already looked over the agenda and reports, available here:


According to the monthly finance report, the police department is more than $100,000 over budget for overtime.  I’m looking forward to hearing Trostle’s explanation, I’ll keep you posted.

2 Responses to “Divvying up the city pie”

  1. Jim November 27, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Since most of the overtime is due to student issues, we should send the overtime bill to the University.

    • Juanita Sumner November 27, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      That could be done, all they have to do is look at the arrest reports. But I predict they would never even broach that. The city acts intimidated by the university and the board of trustees. And then Zingg announced yesterday, they absolutely refuse to suspend students who are convicted of alcohol related crimes around town. There you have it, end of discussion.

      Steve Bertagna told the attendees at a meeting years ago, a delegation of council members and concerned citizens actually went to the board – what, in Long Beach? – wherever. They traveled all the way down there, and then, according to Bertagna, they weren’t even let in to see the board. I’m sorry, I wouldn’t have accepted that kind of treatment, I would have camped out at the board president’s house, and had his wife making me a dry martini when he came in the door.

      Our council – excuse my mood today – is a piece of shit.

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