|As the Chula Vista City Council grapples with another round of deep budget cuts, the public is invited to present suggestions for increasing City revenues. A portion of the December 16 Council/budget meeting has been set aside as a “revenue forum” to gather community input on new funding sources to support city services. Speakers will be limited to three minutes, the standard time allotted for all public comments.
In cities across the country, declining property taxes and plummeting sales tax revenues are triggering cuts in local government. Chula Vista is no exception. As the end of the year approaches, the City is preparing for another round of reductions aimed at closing a $4 million gap in the current budget and a $20 million shortfall projected for next fiscal year.
At upcoming meetings, the City Council will consider cuts in staff, services and operations in an effort to balance the budget. The proposed budget-balancing plan includes the elimination of 165 positions, which may result in as many as 132 layoffs. The recommended personnel reductions impact all departments and will result in significantly lower levels of service being provided to the community.
The meeting December 16 will be held in Council Chambers at 6 p.m.