Assuring a high quality of life for our residents and business community is a top priority for all of us at city hall. To that end, our annual budget goals reflect this mandate and include: focusing on improving aging infrastructure; increasing our operating reserves and taking a futuristic approach to planning.
This year, we are spending over $22 million on improving and upgrading city roads, facilities, sidewalks bridges, park and libraries. This investment will help protect our valuable infrastructure and increase the life of it. Nearly $7 million is being spent on beautification and landscaping city wide, helping increase property values and area aesthetics. Another $8.4 million will be used to improve traffic circulation, transit and trails in our City.
Each year, our City produces an on-time, balanced budget with healthy reserves. This year, our reserves have been increased to 18% or $14.5 million, with a goal of 20% in the next few years. This is being accomplished by taking a conservative approach to budgeting, and making sure our expenditures never exceed our revenue.
Taking a futuristic approach to governing is important. This year, we will be partnering to provide new electric vehicle charging stations in the City to help support alternative fuel vehicle use. And to help provide for the needs of our seniors, we’ve increased our support of the Senior Center by $140,000, bringing our annual support amount to $750,400. We are also working with the Senior Center and L.A. County on a new and larger senior center facility.
If you would like to hear first-hand what is happening in our City, I invite you to attend our annual State of the City Luncheon on October 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Valencia. Hosted by the Santa Clarita City Council, the luncheon event is open to the public and you can RSVP online at: www.santa-clarita.com or by calling 661-255-4905. The cost is $40 per person.
Thank you for your interest in Santa Clarita. I appreciate your taking time to learn more about what is happening in our great City. I would also like to encourage you to check our regularly updated city blog at: www.santaclaritacitybriefs.com
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