Mayor Charity

Brother, can you spare Mayor-elect Stephen Cassidy a dime? San Leandro’s new top man will not take a salary until June 2011, at the earliest.

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE NEXT MONTH TO HAVE A MAYOR FOR FREE
By Steven Tavares

Mayor-elect Stephen Cassidy’s bargain basement pledge to run San Leandro for free could come to fruition during the council’s second meeting of the year, according to City Manager Stephen Hollister.

An ordinance will be prepared for the Jan. 18 meeting, said Hollister, who was advised by the city attorney. The council will consider whether to set the mayor’s pay at $0, effective Jan. 1 to June 30, 2011. Mayor Tony Santos made around $32,000 last year.

Cassidy had campaigned for mayor on the promise he would not take a salary until the city’s budget was balanced. Some have wondered exactly what this means since all municipal budgets are required by law to be balanced each fiscal year. Although the previous city budget was balanced, it was reconciled by dipping into the city’s reserve funds. Those dollars are currently dangerously low. Cassidy has not said whether he would have forego payment from various county and regional committees he may sit on as mayor.

During his inauguration speech Dec. 21 Cassidy may have cleared up any confusion by describing a balanced budget as when “revenues equal expenditures.”

If current financial projection hold for 2011, the council will likely take up extending Cassidy’s donation to the city’s budget when it votes on approving the 2011-12 budget sometime in June. San Leandro Finance Director Tracy Vesely said last week that she expect flat revenues in the coming year.

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