Coral Gables Budget: Automotive Department

The Automotive Department has made up about 5% of the city’s budget in recent years.  The staff numbers have been reduced  from 30 to 23 in two years.  Two mechanics and one (higher cost) supervisor positions are being dropped this year.  Personal services costs are estimated to decline from $2.7 million to $2.3 million.  Operating expenses remain constant and capital expenditures fall from $1.4 million to $1.1 million.  Equipment purchases and leasing together are about a constant $1.4 million over two years.  Motor fuel outlays are about the same $1.7 million estimated compared to the previous year of $1.8 million.

The overall costs automotive services, while down from last year’s budget, are relatively unchanged from the 2007 to the present time.  There is very little flexibility in reducing these costs over the long haul.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in economic development programs and projects

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