How should the City manage its budget during the COVID crisis?
It's that time of year again - the City Manager is preparing recommendations for the annual budget based on existing Council Priority Areas and input from the Council and the public. This year, it is even more important to receive community input as the City has to reduce its expenditures and potentially services due to lower projected revenues because of the ongoing pandemic. Thanks to voter approval of the ¼ Cent local Sales Tax (Measure F) in November 2020, the cuts in services will be far less. Due to potential service cuts, we want to know what matters most to you.
You can tell us by taking the Milpitas Budget Challenge: "spend" imaginary money on what you think are the most important areas the City should invest for the upcoming year. The dollars you spend on each outcome will show how important this outcome is for you. This year, due to potential service reductions, we’ve added an additional question to understand which services our community values most. Take the quick survey today and allocate your dollars towards your most important outcomes.
The budget survey will be open for responses until April 30, 2021.
Council Priority Areas
The Council has identified the seven Council Priority Areas listed below, which guide the annual budget development process. At the January 26, 2021 Budget Study Session, the Council reviewed these Council Priority Areas.
- Community Wellness and Open Space: Continue to provide parks and amenities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy higher levels of physical and mental health.
- Economic Development and Job Growth: Continue to strengthen our economic foundations that support community prosperity and opportunity while ensuring a sustainable and livable city.
- Environment: Promote a sustainable community and protect the natural environment.
- Governance and Administration: Continue to streamline processes for enhanced service and remain committed to long-term fiscal discipline and financial stewardship.
- Neighborhoods and Housing: Continue to explore innovative approaches to incentivize affordable housing projects, collaborate with key stakeholders to care for our most vulnerable populations, and support and engage neighborhoods through dedicated programs and services.
- Public Safety: Continue to invest in police and fire protection, in partnership with our community.
- Transportation and Transit: Continue to seek and develop collaborative solutions to meet the transportation challenges facing our community and our region.
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