Participation Encouraged at Saturday’s Budget Meeting

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Residents are invited to a community forum on the City of South Pasadena’s budget and priorities Saturday, March 11, in the library community room.

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 at 1115 El Centro Street will take place from 9 a.m. to noon

Engage Residents

The community forum is intended to engage residents in meaningful dialogue with stakeholders about the budget and competing priorities. “Over the years, the strategic plan has identified values and priorities important to the community,” explained City Manager Sergio Gonzalez. “The main goal of the meeting is to get input from residents on projects they would like to have the council prioritize for the next fiscal year. The budget is obviously going to be very tight next year and we want to make sure that the City Council has input from the residents as to what projects to do first and which projects need to be delayed. It’s important to hear from our residents to ensure that our city budget reflects the interests of the public. This year, we have an opportunity to have an honest conversation about the financial constraints facing the city, present and future, and begin to prioritize the projects and programs that are most important to the community.”

Those in attendance 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 future City budgets,” said Gonzalez. “The process will be both educational, as we describe and acknowledge realities, and collaborative, as we work together to identify our common goals and focus our efforts in order to be more productive and efficient.”

Gonzalez said the community forum is an integral part of the budget process, providing both an educational component, and a mechanism to receive community input.

Community Input

Residents will also have several opportunities to provide input at the following public meetings, including on Tuesday, March 21, when the City Council and city staff will hold a special 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.

During the May 17 City Council Meeting, city staff will present a draft budget for fiscal year 2017-18. The City Council will hold a public hearing during its regularly scheduled June 7 meeting to discuss the proposed budget and, potentially, adopt it. Public comment is welcome at all meetings.

For information on the community forum, visit www.southpasadenaca.gov/Community Forum .

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 cmoffice@southpasadenaca.gov.

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.

For those with questions, contact the Management Services Department at (626) 403-7210 or email cmoffice@southpasadenaca.gov.

A city report contributed to this story.

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