City Council to Hear Budget Outreach Plan

City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 20, will discuss a five-year budget plan for the city encouraging citizens to lend their voice in the matter

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com

The City Council will hear a plan to engage residents on South Pasadena’s five-year budget forecast at its regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The outreach plan includes steps to seek community input on potential options to close an anticipated budget gap, said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe.

“We want to make sure that our residents’ voices are heard, and that their input is factored into the final budget plan,” DeWolfe said.

Unlike the November ballot measure that challenged the Utility Users Tax, the City has time to develop revenue sources to close the budget gap over the next several years.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com | South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe, left, is joined by Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian

“The UUT proposal would have created an immediate and significant budget crisis,” DeWolfe said. “We’re not in the same situation now. By addressing the budget issues proactively, we can begin to create new revenue streams. But before we do, it’s critical that we present options to the community and ask residents to help us prioritize.”

City staff will present the budget forecasts to the Council on March 6, and the community outreach will take place throughout the remainder of March.

The City Council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Council Chambers, 1424 Mission St., South Pasadena. Please visit the City’s web site to view the full agenda and staff reports.

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