First, the good news: There are few, if any, surprises in the first quarter budget review for the city of Hesperia.


"Overall, Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Budget review and expenditures are proceeding as planned," a report from Assistant City Manager Brian Johnson to the Hesperia City Council reads in part. The council will receive Johnson's report on the subject at tonight's meeting.


There are no unexpected revenue shortfalls, and with the exception of five budget amendments, expenditures are likewise on track.


Tuesday night, Johnson will ask the council to approve five proposed budget amendments totaling $7.4 million. All of the expenditures are procedural in nature or accounting-related, including $3.5 million to "ransom" the Hesperia Redevelopment Agency from the state, which would otherwise dissolve it.


And now, the bad news: The city's economic situation, while better than some other Victor Valley municipalities, is still not great. Both the fire and water districts' reserves are below the 10 percent level mandated by the City Council.


The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave.