City Staff presented a Fiscal Year 2020-21 departmental budget workshop to the City Council, the second of two planned workshops.
The Mayor and three Councilmembers participated in-person at the City Council Chambers on Monday, June 8, while two Councilmembers participated telephonically. Two Councilmembers were absent for the presentations.
City department heads presented budget proposals and projections – taking into account lower expected revenues due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Public health and safety measures the nation, state, county and City have implemented this year have impacted the City’s projected revenues for the general sales tax as well as the Public Safety & Vital Services Measure (Measure N) and other City revenue streams. Thanks to the City’s history of conservative budgeting, there are no staffing reductions included in the City’s budget proposals.
City Council heard presentations from five departments on Monday: Water Resources, Public Works, Development Services, Economic & Community Development, and Recreation & Parks. These proposals are available to the public and can be viewed here.
Included in the proposals is the elevation of the Economic & Community Development Division to a full independent Department. That new department would retain most, if not all, of the division's current employees, while adding some new positions. Among the new positions would be a new director position, and a Homelessness Services Principal.
Public Works also proposed the creation of 11 new positions in its department. Development Services' budget proposal, if approved, would help enhance the City's Rapid Response Team in order to improve response times and effectiveness, particularly when addressing homelessness concerns. The City's Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as the ASM contractor at the Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center would be included in this new department as well.
Recreation & Parks proposed the addition of six more Rapid Response Team members – a second full team – and appropriate equipment in order to improve the effectiveness of the RRT's effectiveness.
The first Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget workshop to the Council was held on May 27.
A public hearing on the budget proposal is planned for June 10 with the final budget adoption by the City Council expected on June 24.
As always, anyone can view the City’s budget – revenues and expenditures down to a minute level – through the City’s Open Budget tool.