CALIFORNIA CITY – Three months into the fiscal year, California City has officially adopted the 2019-2020 budget. A somewhat contentious special meeting Oct. 26 saw the budget approved with a 3-2 vote.
As presented by consultant Andy Heath, the General Fund will show an operating surplus of $61 - essentially a balanced budget - and includes the integration of the Tierra Del Sol operation, Public Works Administration and a new department for Cannabis Compliance. It includes some $9,330,750 in total city-wide deferred capital projects to reach the balanced budget.
Staff also prepared Budget Balancing Recommended Alternatives, which incorporate suggested changes enabling the continued presentation of a balanced budget into the future based on the General Fund long-term forecast.
A forecast for subsequent years shows 2020-2021 deficit of $59,703; 20221-2022 deficit of $50,764 and 2022-2023 deficit of $60,440. It then predicts a surplus of $149,627 in 2023-2024 and $158,867 in 2024-2025. It includes some $9,330,750 in total city-wide deferred capital projects to reach the balanced budget.
Councilmembers Nick Lessenevitch and Ron Smith were the dissenting votes.