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City Council takes next step toward budget plan

Posted: June 11, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 11, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita City Council members decided Tuesday to move forward with the proposed $191.5 million budget city budget for the next fiscal year and schedule it for adoption later this month.

Some of the major goals in the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year include addressing the city’s aging infrastructure, planning ahead to address the future needs of the community and to increase the city’s general fund operating reserve to 18 percent, according to Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin.

General fund revenues, as a whole, are set to return to pre-recession levels in the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1, according to Striplin.

The budget includes projected general fund revenues of $91.3 million with general fund appropriations of $90.8 million.

The projected Capital Improvement Program budget for the next fiscal year is around $39.1 million and includes $520,000 to design a tennis complex at Central Park, $50,000 to conduct a planing and outreach process to re-evaluate Old Orchard Park and $1 million for the city’s sidewalk repair program.

Spending is also outlined for community support and advocacy efforts, including $135,000 for continued advocacy regarding the proposed Cemex mine in Soledad Canyon and a $100,000 increase in the city’s contribution to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center — bringing the total contribution to around $750,000, according to Striplin.

Other notable spending in the proposed budget includes $80,000 for holiday decorations in Newhall and $10,000 to put on a “beach party” event in Canyon Country.

Final adoption of the budget is expected to occur at the City Council meeting on June 24.

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