REDWOOD CITY PROPOSED BUDGET TO RESTORE CITY SERVICES
City Council will consider restoring police services, library hours, street sweeping and creating an endowment for non-profit grants
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2015
Redwood City, Calif. - The City of Redwood City's Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget process continues tonight when the City Council will consider staff proposals to enhance critical city services including police, code enforcement, library hours, senior programs, street sweeping and also to create an endowment to make grants to non-profit organizations supporting human services.
As part of the proposed budget, the City Council will also consider adopting a $29M Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with 58 projects investing in critical priorities. The CIP includes City Council direction from their April 27, 2015 meeting. The proposed CIP includes water and sewer infrastructure improvements, playground renovations and turf replacement, street resurfacing, sidewalk repair and replacement and affordable housing investment. The proposed balanced budget will enhance programs without any new taxes.
"The Mayor and City Council's long-term strategic focus has provided the City of Redwood City with a strong foundation for staff to take advantage of the economic recovery and recommend enhancing critical services and programs," said Dr. Bob Bell, city manager of the City of Redwood City. "The recommended budget will position Redwood City for continued progress and provide a high level of service and programs important to our community."
The budget proposals are in alignment with the City's strategic plan, also scheduled for approval at the same City Council meeting. The strategic plan's six focus areas include community building and communication, government operations, public safety, community for all ages, economic development and transportation.
The proposed budget includes a combination of City Council direction from the February 2015 mid-year budget actions and new proposals including:
- The addition of two police officers
- The creation of a new senior shuttle program to downtown events
- Increasing branch library hours for Schaberg Library and Fair Oaks
- Expanding children focused library programs
- Increasing tree and sidewalk maintenance services
- Increasing street sweeping to two times per month
- Increasing building inspection and code enforcement services
- The creation of a parking and traffic demand management position
- Expansion of the City's communication program
- The creation of a new endowment for non-profit grants to support human services financial assistance
- An addition of a Deputy City Attorney and other legal resources
The proposed budget and Capital Improvement Program was released on June 1, 2015. The City Council will provide feedback and direction and any revisions to the budget will be incorporated to the budget resolution scheduled for approval on June 22, 2015. The City's fiscal year is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The City Council meetings are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.
About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is located in the middle of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the hillsides of the Santa Cruz Mountains. With over 76,815 residents Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo and boasts the 'Climate Best by Government Test' (the city slogan). Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum, the only active deep water Port within the South San Francisco Bay and a vibrant downtown offering residents, visitors and businesses a unique retail, entertainment and restaurant experience for all ages to enjoy. Visitwww.redwoodcity.org for more information about the City of Redwood City or follow us on Twitter at @RedwoodCity