On The Agenda

Topping this week’s discussions in local government, Santa Ana and Rancho Santa Margarita plan next year’s budgets.

The Santa Ana City Council is set Tuesday to discuss next year’s general fund budget, which serves as the main spending plan for services such as police, firefighting, parks, libraries and recreation.

Santa Ana officials didn’t attach a staff report on the issue; its current year general fund budget is $196 million.  More than half of that — $101 million — is spent on police, plus a $9-million annual payment on the debt for the police headquarters and jail.

City leaders will take public comment at the meeting.

The lack of information on Santa Ana’s discussion this week stands in contrast to Rancho Santa Margarita, which provides a staff report and initial budget figures for its Wednesday study session.

That city is considering a $15.6-million general fund budget and a $6-million capital improvement and street maintenance budget, though those amounts could change as discussions continue.

In unusual budget news for recent years, Rancho Santa Margarita expects to rake in 10 percent more general fund revenue than it had expected — an extra $1.6 million.

About $1 million of the money comes from unspecified “miscellaneous revenue.” With another surplus projected in 2014, this year’s extra cash appears headed for the city’s reserve fund.

Placentia plans to explore on Tuesday a study on shared police services. The city of 51,000 budgeted about $11.2 million for police services this year, a rate of about $220 per resident.

Here’s a rundown of agenda items across Orange County for this week:

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. at Southwest Senior Center

  • Study session on the fiscal year 2014 general fund budget.

Closed Session

  • Negotiations with with the city’s police officers and service employees labor groups.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, April 30, at 5 p.m.

  • Contract extension with Jon Traw for building official services.
  • Increasing the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center budget by $5.3 million using federal grant funds.

  • Extending a pilot bicycle sharing program.

Irvine City Council Special Meeting, Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Negotiations with administrative, general, professional, police and police management employee labor groups.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m.

  • Rejecting a claim of $14,000 for damage to Greg Verbenec’s motorcycle from a traffic accident involving a city fire truck in October 2012.

Yorba Linda City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, at 4 p.m.

  • Interviewing 25 applicants and appointing nine to serve as the city’s first landscape maintenance citizen advisory committee.

La Habra City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m.

Closed session

  • Negotiations with police, municipal and general services employee labor groups.

Placentia City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m.

  • Presentation and discussion of shared police services study.

  • Discussing electronic message reader boards.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, May 1, at 5 p.m.

  • Study session on the proposed fiscal year 2014 general fund budget and capital improvement budget.

Adam Elmahrek and Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.

You can reach Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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