We’re informed the deferred maintenance on infrastructure in Encinitas is staggering. Councilman Tony Kranz tells me the pricetag is $25 million or much more.While activists have long known that deferred road maintenance was a major problem on par with our unfunded pension liabilities (and believe that "or much more" is the operative phrase), this was the first time that a city insider had publicly acknowledged the magnitude of the problem. The statement directly contradicts the official party line that Encinitas is well-managed and fiscally responsible. A few recent examples:
Gus Vina: "Good, prudent and consistent fiscal management in Encinitas has allowed our organization to serve the community at appropriate levels in spite of the recession that has swept across America."March 2013:
An important element of the City’s overall financial strategy is to remain nimble, proactive and prepared for occurrences beyond its control. The City has a $10 million Contingency Reserve and a $1.1 million Budget Stabilization Reserve.Thanks to Tony Kranz for beginning a long-overdue honest discussion of the Encinitas financial mess, and to Lisa Shaffer for making a similarly important revelation last month about the annual amount of ongoing road maintenance decline.
The City plans to continue pursuing the conservative budgeting philosophy that has enabled it to preserve programs and services while moving forward with new projects desired by residents such as Encinitas Community Park, slated to open in 2014.