2020-21 City Budget Development
The City is preparing the 2020-21 budget with a goal of identifying $2 million in cuts.
On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 the City Council unanimously approved a balanced one-year budget for 2019-20 and set the annual appropriations limit. Due to the impending structural budget deficit, the Council approved a resolution declaring a fiscal emergency. The City is facing a structural General Fund budget deficit, growing from approximately $0.8 million in 2020-21 to $2.8 million in 2023-24. The City cut $3.4 million in 2018 and $1.3 million in 2019 to balance the budget. Cuts such as these are short-term in nature and not sustainable; therefore, the long-term health of the City’s General Fund may require the identification of new sources of revenue, or consideration of alternative means of service delivery to the community. The City Council was presented with an overview of the City's current financial situation and information on increasing the City's sales tax as a possible solution to the City's deficit. The recommendation to consider an increase in the City's sales tax was recommended by the Future Financial Opportunities Committee, a citizen's advisory committee. The adoption of the resolution declaring a fiscal emergency was the first step to move forward with placing a sales tax measure on the November ballot. At its July 9 meeting, the City Council voted to place a 3/4 cent sales tax increase on the November 5, 2019 ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot, but failed to pass.