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CHULA VISTA FY 2017-18 BUDGET RELEASED FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND INPUT
The Chula Vista City Council voted on June 6 to accept the City Manager’s Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Per the City Charter, the City Council proposed budget is now available for public review at least ten days in advance of the adoption of the budget. The final budget will be considered for adoption on June 20, at 5 p.m.
The Chula Vista City Manager submitted the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Proposed Budget document to the City Council on May 18, 2017. As required by the City Charter, the City Manager’s proposed budget was submitted to the City Council at least 35 days before the beginning of the fiscal year. The City Manager’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, was presented by staff at the May 23 City Council meeting. Staff presented additional options regarding Fire Services to the City Council and the general public at the June 6 City Council meeting.
The City Council took action at the June 6 meeting to accept Fiscal Year 2017-18 City Manager’s proposed budget as their own budget, as it was presented on May 23, 2017, based on the following understandings and conditions:
- The City Manager has committed to use fire overtime beginning July 7, 2017, increasing one Engine company to a 4-person crew until staff from the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) grant is trained and on-duty,
- If the SAFER Grant is not approved for funding, the City Manager will return mid-year with budget amendments for City Council consideration to add the Fire Engine Crew,
- The City Council directs the City Manager to update the City Council on a quarterly basis, the fiscal year 2018-19 budget forecast and balancing options as well as provide a long-term plan to address staffing shortfalls in public safety.
Approval of the City Manager’s proposed budget also was based on the conditions summarized below:
- That there be a moratorium on hiring new employees, except for sworn staff, until the results of the SAFER grant are known, to ensure that funding is available for the additional fire personnel; and
- That the City Manager report back to the City Council within 120 days with a plan to address long range staffing needs of the police and fire departments, with such plan considering options, including (i) alternative service models that may improve effectiveness and reduce costs; and (ii) potential funding sources.
The combined budget for all City funds totals $373.0 million including a General Fund operating budget of $166.6 million and a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget of $73.9 million.
The proposed budget also includes the addition of five Peace Officers to the Police Department; design and construction of two fire stations; and, funding for the Climate Action Plan update, Smart City Strategic Action Plan, and an update of the Multi-modal Bikeway & Pedestrian Master Plan. The proposed balanced budget assumes no reduction in services and no layoffs.
The proposed budget includes $60.6 million in Measure P funding for residential street repairs, sport court repairs, renovation of Loma Verde Recreation Center, Woman’s Club, Civic Center and South Libraries, Norman Park Senior Center, parks enhancements, traffic signal system improvements, and other much needed infrastructure improvement projects.
Council will consider the adoption of the fiscal year 2017-18 budget at the meeting on June 20, 2017. Prior to the adoption of the budget, the City Council will hold a public hearing in order to give the public an additional opportunity to participate in the budget process. In compliance with the City Charter, a notice of this meeting will be published in the local newspaper at least ten days prior to the public hearing. The City Council may propose additional budget modifications after considering testimony at the public hearing.
View the proposed Chula Vista FY 2017-18 budget or to provide comments here. The June 20 City Council meeting will be held in Council Chambers at 276 Fourth Avenue. View the City Council agenda and link to the live webcast here. The meeting also is broadcast live on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and Cox Cable Channel 24.