City Budget Hearings Continue, Department by Department, as June Finalization Deadline for Draws Closer

Published : Monday, May 27, 2019 | 6:54 AM

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The Pasadena City Council will continue budget hearings next Monday, June 3, during which City residents can comment. This year the discussions are organized on a City Department by Department basis.

In April, City Manager Steve Mermell presented the draft $872.4 million operating budget for 2020 to the City Council, proposing a 6.8 percent spending bump of $55.8 million.

During the public hearings, the City Council hears public comments on items affecting the recommended operating budgets, as well as the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget for fiscal year 2020.

On May 6, Pasadena Chief of Police John Perez went before the City Council and discussed his Department’s proposed budget, in a public hearing.

On May 20, the Departments of Planning and Community Development, Human Services and Recreation, Libraries and Information Services, and Public Health were presented at a joint Finance Committee / City Council meeting.

Between June 3 and June 10, the budgets of the Public Works, Transportation, Finance, Pasadena Water and Power, and Human Resources departments will be presented and heard.

A special joint meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, to deliberate on the budgets of the Housing Department and the Pasadena Public Access Corporation, starting at 3 p.m., followed by a wrap-up discussion, according to the City Manager’s office.

The budget could be finalized on June 17, or June 24 if necessary, and formally adopted by July.

The Monday hearings usually start at 2:30 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. to give way to the regular City Council meeting, but could continue at 7 p.m. if necessary.

For purposes of transparency, any resident can view the proposed budget for 2020 online by visiting www.cityofpasadena.net/finance/operating-budgets/recommended-budget-2020.

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