A recommendation from the Delta Planning Commission to deny a rezoning request for a Crawford Avenue home was upheld by the Delta City Council last week.
CASA of the 7th Judicial District had hoped to move staff and clients from rental space to the home at 755 Crawford Avenue. The homelike setting, with access to a kitchen and yard, was well suited for meeting the needs of the families served by CASA.
During a public hearing Aug. 1, planning commission members determined the request to change zoning from MHR to B-2 would have the appearance of "spot" zoning, since no adjacent properties are zoned B-2. City council members agreed.
In other business, the 2015 audit was presented by Tim Mayberry, with the firm of Holscher, Mayberry & Company.
On a positive note, sales and use taxes were up 4.89 percent over the amount budgeted.
Of the $1.6 million carryover in the general fund, $1.1 million is "free and clear," giving the city about a three-month reserve. When questioned about the amount of reserve that's appropriate, Mayberry said that amount can vary from city to city. One factor to consider is the entity's source of revenue, which in the case of Delta consists of sales tax collections that are fairly stable.
The citywide capital improvement fund also has a healthy balance, but the $1.7 million is reserved for debt service for the alternate truck route.
Other debts include a golf course/M&LP note totaling $3.9 million, and a sewer revenue refunding bank loan of $2.2 million. The city's total outstanding debt is $28 million.
Mayberry discussed the combined parks and recreation budget, which can not be wholly supported by the 1 percent sales tax previously dedicated to the recreation center. The golf course remains a separate budgetary item because of its debt.
Councilmember Gerald Roberts questioned the utility transfers that have helped support the golf course. The ML&P, sewer, water and refuse funds all have healthy reserves, Mayberry responded. His only concern is ensuring those reserves can cover capital replacements as needed.
The auditors' report was included in the online packet for the Aug. 16 council meeting. For a closer look, visit www.cityofdelta.net.