City Adopts 2018-19 Budget
The City Council unanimously approved a balanced one-year budget for FY 2018-19. The new budget will begin on July 1, 2018 and end June 30, 2019. The adopted operating budget for the City is $48,774,178, which includes operating expenses, capital improvements, and debt service.
The City Council typically adopts a two-year budget, however, due to increases in general liability insurance, services and supplies, landscape maintenance contracts, PERS retirement, and the Golden State Water settlement, staff presented a one-year budget. The City is facing a structural deficit, growing from approximately $1 million in 2019-20 to $1.8 million in 2021-22.
Staff worked meticulously to balance the 2018-19 budget through cuts to services and supplies, shifting salary and benefit costs from the General Fund, and holding several full-time and part-time positions vacant. Staff cut $3.4 million from the initial budget projections. However, cuts such as these are short-term in nature and not sustainable. Staff will begin immediately working on the FY 2019-20 budget to identify potential revenue opportunities and evaluate contracts and services for additional cost reductions.
If you have any questions related to the budget, please contact Finance Director Adam Pirrie at (909) 399-5328 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.