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Public Participation in Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Hearings Encouraged

Public Participation in Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Hearings Encouraged

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET HEARINGS ENCOURAGED 

PASADENA, Calif.—The Pasadena City Council encourages the public to learn more about the City’s annual finances and to participate in the upcoming public hearings in May and June for the Recommended Fiscal Year 2015 Operating Budget.  By law, the City Council must approve a balanced budget prior to the start of the new fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014. 

Four public hearing dates on the proposed budget are currently scheduled for May 12, May 19, June 2 and June 9 with special joint meetings of the Finance Committee and the City Council.  The joint meetings are tentatively scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Second Floor, but actual start times may vary, so check the meeting agendas to be posted on the City’s website at www.cityofpasadena.net.  The hearings are also scheduled to continue on those same dates at the City Council meetings beginning at 7 p.m. 

On May 12, the Finance Committee and the City Council will hear an overview of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget plan and updates on the City’s General Fee Schedule.  On May 19, budget presentations will be made by the following departments, including: Water & Power; Library; Public Works; Transportation; Public Health and Information Technology. 

On June 2, budget presentations will be given by the following departments: Human Services & Recreation; Police; Planning; Fire and Housing.  The remaining departments and the City’s three Operating Companies will give budget presentations on June 9, including: City Clerk; City Attorney; City Council; City Manager; Human Resources; Finance; the Rose Bowl Operating Company (RBOC); Pasadena Center Operating Company (PCOC) and Pasadena Community Access Corp. (PCAC). 

The public is encouraged to attend any or all of the meetings and provide comments.  The meetings will be broadcast live on KPAS, the City’s cable access TV station, seen on Channel 3 and Channel 182 for Charter subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers.  The meetings will be streamed live on the City’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net/Media and on KPAS at www.pasadenamedia.tv.  Meetings will be archived for video on demand viewing from the City’s website. 

The City’s proposed FY 2015 Operating Budget totals about $675.2 million, including about $209.5 million in the General Fund to help pay for police and fire services, parks and other public services.  About $251 million is included in the budget to pay for the salaries, medical insurance and other benefits for the City’s approximately 2,170 full- and part-time employees.  The new proposed budget represents a slight decrease from the adopted FY 2014 Budget of $677.5 million. 

The City’s proposed Capital Improvement Program Budget for FY 2015-19 is about $901 million, including about $72 million recommended for new appropriations in FY 2015 and about $643 million in identified needs, but no funding sources.  The report for adoption of the CIP will be discussed at the May 12 joint meeting of the Finance Committee and City Council and adoption is tentatively scheduled for the Council’s meeting beginning at 7 p.m. May 12. 

Copies of the Recommended Fiscal Year 2015 Operating Budget will be available for inspection later this week at the public counter for the City Manager/City Clerk’s Office, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Room S228, Pasadena, CA, 91109, and the Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., during normal business hours, and on the City’s website. 

Written comments may be sent to the City Clerk’s Office prior to the final public hearing on the budget June 9 by regular mail or by email to cityclerk@cityofpasadena.net. 

Website links to both documents will be posted on the main homepage at www.cityofpasadena.net. 

Copies of the CIP budget are available in the same locations for public review.  The public can read the CIP budget document online at www.cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorks/Capital_Improvement_Program/. 

The CIP Budget is the guiding document to help the City improve and maintain public infrastructure such as roads, transportation, bridges, parks, sewers and storm drains, water and electric systems, public buildings, parking facilities, street lighting and street lighting and electric system undergrounding. 

The CIP budget is a five-year snapshot that is updated annually.  It includes about 183 projects with an estimated deferred cost of about $643 million due to no identified funding sources.  For FY 2015, approximately 79 projects estimated at $72 million are recommended for approval, including about $14 million towards the new $132 million power plant project; $1.5 million towards the $10 million Holly Street Bridge seismic retrofit project and $1.4 million towards the $2.4 million Desiderio Park project. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2014 #031-14 

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, wboyer@cityofpasadena.net 

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Posted: 5/5/2014 04:00:00 PM