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City Manager's Office Releases Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20

The City Manager’s Office has released the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Proposed Budget, highlighted by significant proposed investments in top community priorities as a result of the passage of the Bakersfield Public Safety and Vital Services Measure. Substantial investments are proposed to enhance public safety services, reduce homelessness, reinvigorate economic development, bolster the fiscal wellbeing of the City and address a multitude of quality of life issues to enrich the vitality of our neighborhoods.

The new Measure-related funding includes over $56.7 million in investments in critical service areas, including:

  • Year one of three of adding 100 sworn positions to Police Department
  • FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget includes 43 new sworn and 25 civilian positions to Police Department to reduce response times and improve call response to non-urgent calls for service
  • 11 new positions for Fire Department
  • Reestablishment of Economic Development Team to attract new businesses and jobs
  • Over $11 million proposed for homelessness reduction efforts
  • Two 7-day/week rapid response teams to address homelessness and parks-related issues
  • $1.5 million for new trees and plants for streetscape/median beautification
  • $900,000 for facility upgrades for police firearms range
  • $9 million to begin to upgrade the public safety radio system
  • $1.1 million to upgrade decorative street lights to LED fixtures for increased lighting
  • Significant enhancements to entertainment and recreation facilities

The balanced budget, which covers the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, totals $610.9 million.

Other highlights include:

  • $30 million in capital projects for local street, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, including:
    • Rosedale Highway Widening Project – Calloway Drive to Verdugo Lane
    • Pavement Rehabilitation Project – Brundage Lane
    • Pavement Rehabilitation Project – Buena Vista Road
    • Pavement Rehabilitation Project – South H Street
  • Playground rehabilitation projects at Tevis and Seasons Parks
  • Replacement of the restrooms at Beale Park
  • No rate increases for City sewer or domestic water customers

The City Council will review department budgets on May 13 and June 3. A public hearing regarding the FY 2019-20 budget will be held on June 5 and budget adoption is scheduled for June 28.

More information on the City’s budget, including the full budget document, budget schedules and department presentations are available at https://bakersfieldcity.us/gov/depts/city_manager/city_budget.htm. Video of the City Manager’s Office budget presentation to the City Council is available here: https://youtu.be/x7NDPuWMXD8?t=3834.