South Lake Tahoe City Council seeks community input on 2019-20 budget |

South Lake Tahoe City Council seeks community input on 2019-20 budget

South Lake Tahoe City Hall
Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune

South Lake Tahoe residents will have an opportunity to offer some early input on the upcoming budget during City Council’s meeting on Tuesday.

Council will receive a presentation on the budget before holding a public hearing intended to provide community members an opportunity to offer input.

The hearing, as a staff report notes, is an early step in the overall budget process. Council is required to adopt a budget in September so that the city has a budget in place for the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year.

Although not required by law, Tuesday’s hearing is another effort by the city to increase public engagement, City Manager Frank Rush Jr. explained in a memo to council.

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“In my opinion, the annual City budget is the most important document that the City Council will adopt, as it clearly demonstrates the City’s priorities by allocating limited resources to the highest priority services and initiatives.”

Earlier this year City Council identified police services, fire protection and road repair as three of its foremost priorities with regards to the budget.

While police, fire and public works regularly rank toward the top in terms of annual general fund budget expenditures by department over the past five years, all three lag behind a department designated “other,” according to the budget presentation.

Some of the examples of large expenses in the past year in the “other” category include: a $4.8 million transfer of funds to the city capital improvement plan; a $2.7 million transfer to pay down debt; nearly $1.8 million for the public employee retirement system unfunded liability; a $979,340 transfer for snow removal; and a $483,109 transfer for streets.

The public hearing on the budget is currently the 15th item on council’s agenda.

Click here to view the agenda.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in council chambers at 1901 Airport Road.

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