What are the most important priorities for the City in 2017-2019?
Every two years, the City establishes the top priorities to make San Luis Obispo an even better place to live, work and play. The City Council then matches the resources necessary to achieve these priorities through adopting the budget in June. The adopted budget sets the City’s course of action for the next two years and helps the City to continue to provide the exceptional services and programs the community cherishes.
As the upcoming 2017-19 financial plan process unfolds, economic growth remains steady. Revenues are expected to grow at a modest rate. Development review activity remains at a high level. The City has also made progress in our work to contain operating costs which in turn helps improve our overall fiscal health. Despite these positive signs, there are significant uncertainties and challenges. This is particularly true in relation to the on-going cost of retirement and insurance programs, and the need to fund the deferred maintenance of infrastructure. All of these factors are likely to lead to complex and competing budget decisions. Regardless of the specific fiscal circumstances, it is critical that we have an effective process for setting the most important, highest priority things for the City to do in the next two years. That’s where you can help!
Share Your Thoughts on the City’s Priorities!
This survey is your opportunity to tell the City:
- What priorities should the City focus on during the next two years?
- How might the City adjust other service needs to accomplish these priorities?
The City Council needs to know your thoughts on what the community’s priorities should be so that available resources can be best allocated to achieve them.
The City needs the help of the community in two important ways:
- Fill out and return the short survey by clicking the “Take the Survey” button below.
- Attend the Community Forum on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa Street. This forum is an opportunity to present your ideas to the Council and discuss them with other community members.
All surveys received before December 15, 2016 will be summarized and presented to the City Council at the Community Forum. Feedback from both the survey and Community Forum will be compiled for the City Council to review in advance of its goal-setting workshop on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. During this public workshop, the Council will deliberate to set the Major City Goals and Other Important Objectives for the next two years.
If you have any questions about the City’s goal-setting and budget process, please contact Xenia Bradford, Finance Director, at (805) 781-7521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.