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Proposed $387 million balanced budget maintains core city services and advances Measures A and P programs

Post Date:05/28/2019 8:27 AM

The Chula Vista City Council voted on May 21 to accept the City Manager’s Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2019-20. 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 4, at 5 p.m.

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 combined budget for all City funds totals $387.3 million including a General Fund operating budget of $197 million and a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget of $26.8 million. The budget also includes $18.3 million in Measure A and $18.3 million in Measure P funding.

Budget highlights include

  • FY 2019-20 budget is balanced and maintains current staffing and service levels
  • Maintains General Fund minimum Operating Reserve level of 15% per Council Policy
  • Measure A $18.3 million sales tax funding is adding a total of 44 public safety positions between the mid-year additions in FY 2019 and FY 2020
    • 23.0 Fire Department Positions (22 Sworn, 1 Non-Sworn)
    • 21.0 Police Department (12 Sworn, 9 Non-Sworn)
  • Measure P $18.3 million sales tax funding is allocated for fire and police vehicles, fire station repair/replacement, upgrades to Civic Center and South libraries, parks infrastructure, street and sidewalk repair and replacement, and renovations of Norman Park Senior Center, Loma Verde Recreation Center and other facilities
  • The Measure A and Measure P Citizens’ Oversight Committees affirmed that the adopted fiscal year budget is in compliance with the adopted Measure A and Measure P expenditure plans
  • Funding of several City initiatives
    • Bayfront Development
    • Smart City program implementation
    • Master Plan for University and Innovation District
  • Supports residential and commercial development
    • Increased hotel tax revenue with more hotels and collection of TOT from short term rentals
    • Development underway for more than 1,000 residential units
    • Partnership with Metropolitan Transit System to develop a mixed-use development at 707 F Street and 750 E Street

Council will consider the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget at the meeting on June 4, 2019. At that meeting, the City Council will hold a hearing 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.

To view the proposed Chula Vista FY 2019-20 budget or to provide comments, visit

The June 4 City Council meeting will be held in Council Chambers at 276 Fourth Avenue beginning at 5 p.m. To view the City Council agenda and link to the live webcast, go to The meeting also is broadcast live in the City of Chula Vista on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and Cox Cable Channel 24.

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