Some highlights of Mayor Chuck Reed's March Budget Message

  • Reed credited his fiscal reforms with stabilizing city finances after a decade of deficits, citing $81 million in total annual savings including $59.5 million in the city's general fund. City retirement cost growth, which more than tripled from 2002 to 2012, slowed and will be $100 million less in 2015 than originally projected.

  • Reed called for increasing overtime limits and funding, one-time bonuses and raises limited to workers already at top pay scale to retain veteran employees including police officers, dispatchers and wastewater plant technicians.

  • Reed also called for opening a newly built but mothballed police substation in the city's south end next year.

  • Reed called for raising the tax on marijuana businesses from 7 percent to 10 percent.

  • Reed called for the city to work with county officials to seize 1,200 illegally owned firearms.

  • Reed called for civilianizing card room oversight, now handled by police.

  • Reed called for phasing out San Jose's $2.1 million contribution to the Children's Health Initiative in light of Santa Clara County's new funding from an eighth-cent sales tax passed last year.

  • The City Council will hold a hearing on the budget message Tuesday and vote on it March 26.



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