City Council Agenda for Monday Marks Opening of Budget Public Hearings

Published : Monday, May 15, 2017 | 5:12 AM

Public hearings about the recommended fiscal year 2018 operating budget for the City of Pasadena will start Monday, May 15, as part of the City Council’s regular meeting.

Public hearings at the City Council meeting usually start at 7 p.m., but another hearing on the proposed renewal of the South Lake Avenue District Association Property and Business Improvement District will precede the hearing on the budget.

Pasadena’s Department of Finance said it is recommending an operating budget of about $786 million for 2018, including $236.7 million for the General Fund which pays for police, fire, parks, recreation and other municipal services. The budget is about $30 million more than the current adopted 2017 operating budget.

Following the budget hearing, opening hearings on the recommended schedule of taxes, fees and charges for 2018, and on the recommended General Fee Schedule will be conducted. The hearings on the budget are expected to occur every Monday until June 19. Hearings on the recommended schedule of taxes, fees and charges, and those on the recommended General Fee Schedule, will continue until June 12 according to the City Council agenda.

The recommended budget represents the City’s financial plan for fiscal year 2018 and is required for the City to be able to continue to deliver municipal services that “responsive to our entire community and consistent with the City’s history, culture, and unique character,” says an Agenda Report from City Finance Manager Matthew Hawkesworth.

In addition to the City’s anticipated operating revenues and expenses, the recommended budget includes the appropriations for the Capital Improvement Plan for 2018 up to 2022, and for the City’s affiliated agencies, which include the Rose Bowl Operating Company, Pasadena Center Operating Company, and Pasadena Community Access Corporation.

Pasadena residents may view the recommended budget as well as the recommended taxes, fees and charges and General Fee Schedule on the Department of Finance webpage,

The City Council will also deliberate on the Department of Housing and Career Services’ proposed Annual Action Plan, which is necessary before the City can apply for federal entitlement grants for the housing sector.

When the Action Plan is approved, the Housing Department will then recommended approval by the City Council of the corresponding grant applications for the Community Development Block Grant, the Emergency Solutions Grant, and the HOME Investment Partnership Grant, to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The City Council’s meeting opens with a closed session at 5:30 p.m. and continues on to the public meeting at 6:30 p.m. City Council meetings are held the City Council Chamber, Room S249 at the Pasadena City Hall.

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