The City of South Pasadena invites community members to attend a community forum on the city’s budget and priorities on Saturday, March 11, in the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street.
Residents and community members have the opportunity to participate in an interactive process aimed at identifying the projects and programs the City should focus on during the upcoming year. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the program will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For the second year in a row, the City will hold a Community Forum to engage in meaningful dialogue with stakeholders about the budget and competing priorities. “We are very blessed in South Pasadena, and are on sound financial footing,” said City Treasurer Gary Pia, who oversees City investments and serves on the Finance Commission. “We can do anything we want, we just can’t do everything we want. In order to make sure the things we do are in full alignment with your needs, we need your help. By attending the community forum we will be able to get that help.”
Since the 2016 Community Forum, the City Council and staff made significant progress on multiple projects that residents and businesses identified as high priorities. City Manager Sergio Gonzalez explained, “We want to take the opportunity to report back on what we have done, with the understanding that there is still much to do. Because the City faces financial constraints, and the only way to move our community forward is to prioritize the projects and programs that are most important to residents and businesses.”
Public participation is fundamental to ensure the City budget meets community needs. The Community Forum will consist of two parts. The first portion will be an overview of the City’s fiscal health and operational budget. Participants will come to understand what it takes to maintain the service levels residents have come to expect, and the impending challenges that the City faces. Then, participants will consider high-visibility and high-priority projects that are beyond the day-to-day normal operations of the City, and provide input as to the order the City should tackle them.
“This Community Forum will give the public an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process and, with the collective interests of the community in mind, set priorities for next year’s City budget,” said Gonzalez. “The process will be both educational, as we describe and acknowledge realities, and cooperative, as we work together to identify our common goals and focus our efforts in order to be more productive and efficient.”
The Community Forum is an integral part of the Budget process, providing both an educational component, and a mechanism to receive community input. Residents will also have several opportunities to provide input at the following public meetings: Wednesday, April 19, the City Council and staff will hold a Budget Study Session in the Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street, to review the proposed Capital Improvement Plan as well as staff funding requests for the upcoming year. At the May 17 City Council Meeting, staff will present a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. During the June 7 City Council Meeting, the City will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed budget and, potentially, adopt it. Public comment is encouraged at each meeting.
For information on the Community Forum, please visit www.southpasadenaca.gov/CommunityForum.
For more information on the City’s budget process, please visit www.southpasadenaca.gov/Budget
If you have any questions, please contact the Management Services Department at (626) 403-7210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.