City disaster preparedness budget faces pivotal
By Pat Murphy
March 29, 2006
The budget for City disaster preparedness undergoes a pivotal
review today by a committee of the Board of Supervisors, following
a Budget Analyst report that the submitted budget is incomplete.
Office of Emergency Services director Annemarie Conroy will ask
committee recommendation for release of one third of $11.2 million
federal grant funds pending budget update, Conroy told the Sentinel.
Supervisors last June placed the entire $11.2 million on reserve
when Budget Analyst Harvey Rose first concluded OES budget was
Yesterday Rose recommended $7.3 million remain on reserve until
a more detailed budget is presented. As submitted, the budget
is too vague on how OES plans to spend the money, Examiner Staff
Writer Justin Juvenal reported.
Conroy said she expects committee recommendation to take "about
a third" of the $11.2 million off reserve.
"We're working with the Budget Analyst. We'll be taking
about a third of it off reserve" today, stated Conroy.
"We'll be working with them on the rest of it over the next
couple of weeks to take the rest of the dollars off of reserve
to move the programs forward.
"We are very proud of our programs here at OES Homeland
Security and we look forward to working with the Board and the
Budget Analyst on moving forward.
"We accept the recommendations of the Budget Analyst and
we're very happy to work with him," added Conroy.
The Budget and Finance Committee will consider OES budget release
at its 1:00 p.m. meeting today.