Mayor's View: City responding to the recession

By Mike Nichols

Mayor, Solana Beach

The global, national, state and regional economies are in the midst of a recession; this is not news to any of us. In fact, we have all been affected by the ailing economy in one way or another. Many of us, including myself, are adjusting our expenditures and finding ways to stretch our dollars for the essential goods and services.

The city is no different. We are faced with the economic challenge of significant revenue reductions, while trying to maintain and deliver adequate levels of service to you the public.

Even in a down economy, we are responsible for continuing to provide important and vital services to the community such as police, fire, lifeguard, permitting and recreation services. The city is also responsible for providing infrastructure maintenance and repair for essential things such as parks, roadways, sidewalks and sewer services.

In order to maintain the current levels of these city services, we must make adjustments in our budgets, just like everybody else.

The city organization has been working on developing the budget for the next fiscal year. As discussed at the special City Council Budget and Workplan Workshop that was held on April 29, city staff has identified almost $1 million in budgetary cuts as compared with last year's proposed budget. These cuts are substantial considering our city's General Fund Budget was approximately $14 million.

In order to achieve the proposed $1 million in budget cuts this next fiscal year, some services will be impacted and reduced, but no services at this time have been completely eliminated.

Since we don't anticipate any quick recovery from this current economic downturn, we will be forced to rethink the manner that some city services are provided and funded in the future to ensure that the community receives adequate services from its local government.

With that said, I want assure you that your City Council will continue to work hard to find innovative methods to ensure city services continue at levels that provide our citizens with the quality of life that makes Solana Beach the best place to live.

Please check the city's Web site at

www.cityofsolanabeach.org

to review the April 29 special City Council meeting and to review current information on development of the city's FY 2009-10 Budget and Workplan.

   
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