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Lund: The city is in a tough place

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In the May 13 edition of The Placer Herald (Reader Input) there was a letter from a gentleman asking who the big spenders are in Rocklin. I believe the gentleman has been misinformed about the spending habits of the Rocklin City Council. Over the past 25 years, the Rocklin City Council has been able to put money aside in savings. We did this when Rocklin was growing. Now, if we spend out of savings, it is almost impossible to replace. Rocklin currently is in a much different position than it was even five years ago. We are no longer one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Our needs have changed. Instead of a growth city, we are now more of an infill city. The city council and the city manager recognized this change a couple of years ago. Before the downturn in the economy, Rocklin was already making changes in the number of staff we had, and what departments needed to be downsized. We are cutting back in some departments such as planning; we are consolidating some departments such as parks and landscape maintenance. Even with the changes in staffing, when you consider the reduction in city revenue, we are in a tough place. The council does not want to spend more than we bring in. This would not be prudent. Rocklin is not in debt, even shallow debt. Just last month our credit rating was increased from an A- to an A. If we were in any kind of debt, that would not have happened. The city council will be meeting this Saturday, May 22, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. We will be working on the fiscal year 2010/2011 budget. This is a public meeting. Join us if you want to learn what is really going on with the budget. Kathy Lund, Rocklin City Councilwoman