Through the end of May, the Idyllwild Fire Department’s budget has positive net income of almost $75,000, according to Commissioner and Finance Committee Chair Nancy Layton.
The committee is optimistic about the final results for fiscal year 2014-15, which ends June 30.
In the first 11 months, revenues have exceeded the projection of $1.85 million by nearly $14,000.
“Not much tax and assessment money will be coming in June,” she reported. But collections for ambulance service are already 20 percent above projections. IFPD has received nearly $400,000 from its ambulance service and already has recorded another $28,000 through the middle of June.
“The June ambulance income is holding strong,” commented Fire Chief Patrick Reitz.
The positive status includes the cost of the February acquisition of two new ambulances and legal expenses approaching $100,000, twice the recent budget adjustment. Reitz reported that the ambulance damaged last month has been repaired and is back in operation.
The committee cursorily reviewed the budget for 2015-16, which Rietz said “… is the same as last month.” The commission will approve the preliminary budget at its June 23 meeting and a final budget will be passed before October, Reitz added.
The Tax Measure Research subcommittee did not meet since the May committee session, but Layton reported reviewing the strategy and process of how two other fire districts got their tax measures passed.
“It confirmed for me the validity of our assertion not to jump the gun and promote a new tax measure without doing our due diligence,” she stated.