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South Pasadena Joins Coalition to “Support Local Recovery: Vibrant Cities. Strong Economies."

Post Date:05/15/2020 11:23 AM

The City of South Pasadena has joined a coalition of local government, labor, and business in an effort to kick start economic recovery in local communities.

The coalition is calling on the state to provide $7 billion in direct and flexible funding to cities to support critical local services, as well as a portion of the state’s CARES Act funding to help cities address COVID-19 related expenditures. The coalition is also calling on the federal government to provide $500 billion in direct and flexible funding to local governments nationwide to support essential services, including police, fire, public works, permitting, and planning.

Based on the League of California Cities analysis, California cities are projecting a nearly $7 billion general revenue shortfall over the next two fiscal years. This shortfall will grow by billions of dollars if stay-at-home orders to protect public health extend into the summer months and beyond. Cities have also been incurring significant increases in unbudgeted expenses responding to the crisis. COVID-19 has crippled local budgets, forcing cuts in city services and city employees, which will dampen local economic recovery. Given current and projected revenue shortfalls, cities need fiscal assistance to stabilize local government operations to offset the devastating impacts the crisis is having on California’s communities.

Like many cities in California, the City of South Pasadena is facing financial challenges due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and increased emergency costs. Earlier this month, the City began outreach with a new, fully digital, community budget engagement program to facilitate a dialogue between residents and the City to better understand community priorities for future spending. The survey deadline has been extended to May 24, 2020. If you would like to participate in the budget process, please visit our website or submit your comment to: budget@southpasadenaca.gov.