To help fix a projected $4 million budget deficit this year, the City Council on Tuesday plans to consider asking those who use city services to pay more for them.
The city manager's office announced last week that the council will consider "a range of potential fee proposals for cost recovery and revenue enhancement" at its April 6 meeting. The council has set a goal of finding $1 million in new revenue this year. The city hopes to patch the rest of the deficit with $1 million in employee compensation cost cuts and $2 million in budget cuts.
City staffers have proposed fees hikes for every city department, including planning, public works and the city's performing arts center, where ticket prices would go up by 50 cents. In total, the proposed fees could provide $900,000 to $1.2 million in new general fund revenue annually.
The biggest chunk of new fee revenue -- $600,000 worth -- comes from higher recreation program fees, especially for aquatics programs. City staff said programs that use the city's two pools were costing users well below "market rate."
Though interest has been expressed by council members, downtown parking fees and an entrance fee to Shoreline Park are not recommended by city staffers because of the possible impacts on businesses downtown and Michael's at Shoreline.
The city has hired a consulting firm to examine fees for Police Department services, which could produce up to $350,000 in new fee revenue. The city has also proposed a 2 percent increase in water rates for residents this year to fill the budget gap with $300,000.
Tuesday's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor council chambers at City Hall, 500 Castro St.