City Budget Approved
On Tuesday, June 11, 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. If approved, the increase is estimated to generate approximately $2.5 million each year that would be used to address the City’s anticipated deficit. Proceeds from the sales tax increase would be used to maintain service levels and avoid further reductions to programs and operations. For more information on the sales tax measure, call the City Manager’s office at (909) 399-5440 or visit the link below.
City Prepares 2019-20 Budget
Community Budget Workshop
The City held a budget workshop on Monday, April 15 to discuss the 2019-20 Budget, Eight members of the public attended.
If you have any questions related to the budget, please contact Finance Director Adam Pirrie at (909) 399-5328 or by email at email@example.com.