City Workshop on March 13th for Community Input on 2024/25 Budget

The City is inviting community input on their Fiscal Year 2024-25 City Budget. This is an important (and unfortunately rare) chance for regular residents to ask questions, pose challenges, and offer input and solutions about how our city uses their funds.

Wednesday, March 13th from 6 to 7 p.m.
Pannell Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832

(There is also a community workshop on March 14th on Alhambra Blvd)

One of Strong SacTown’s priorites is Transparent Accounting:

We want to be part of the discussion about how our city spends our money! Doing the math is a central tenant for Strong Towns, and it’s the only way to invest in what makes our communities great places to live, play, is to have transparent accounting. Do you know if your taxes are making your city a strong town, or are they financing expensive sprawl, highways, and car-centric infrastructure that drain our money each year?

From KCRA Sacramento:

The city of Sacramento faces the financial challenge of a projected $66 million budget deficit for the upcoming year.

Pete Coletto, the city’s director of finance, said the deficit is not due to a recession. He described it as a structural deficit, which means expenses going up faster than revenue.

Inflation, insurance costs, new labor agreements and increased pension liability are some of the causes of the deficit.

“Closing the budget needs to be done through a combination of increasing revenue, which could be things like fees and other costs that the public might pay, or reducing expenses,” Coletto said.

City departments are currently developing cost-saving plans, Coletto said.

To understand the community’s priorities, the city organized public meetings where people can ask questions.