Municipal Analysis: City of Santee (updated July 2010)

During the period FY 1999 to FY 2009, the City of Santee's General Fund (GF) inflows (revenues plus transfers in) increased by 13.93% while GF outflows (expenditures plus transfer out) increased by 9.82%.  Over the past eleven (11) fiscal years, the City has had a GF deficit (GF outflows exceeded GF inflows) seven (7) times.  Between FY 1999 and FY 2009, the City of Santee's GF reserves available for uncertainties have decreased by 45.86%; however the City has consistently met its stated GF reserve targets during this period. The City's primary source of tax revenue is property taxes. Property taxes increased by 114.08% between FY 1999 and FY 2009 and for this reason the City was relatively more reliant on property taxes in FY 2009 than in FY 1999.  Between FY 1999 and FY 2009, the number of full-time staff members employed by the City increased 5.74%, while the City's population increased 8.30%.  When adjusting for inflation, the City's total pension costs have increased 126.13% between FY 1999 and FY 2009.  Among cities in a similar geographic region, the City of Santee pays the highest for Firefighter/Paramedics and Executive Assistants.

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Rosey Williams