This Week at City Hall - Budget Proposal, State of the City
05/29/2012
A Busy Week Ahead with Budget Proposal, State of City event
 
Two major events – Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s presentation of her Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal and the annual State of the City event – highlight the week ahead.
 
On Tuesday, Mayor Swearengin proposed a budget that calls for maintaining current service levels but reducing employee expenses to address a $16 million shortfall.
 
“This proposal represents a crossroads for our City,” Mayor Swearengin said.  “If agreements are reached with employee groups, it marks the end of service reductions and painful downsizing that have characterized the last four years.  And, it potentially marks the beginning of the City’s steady march toward fiscal stability.”
 
Mayor Swearengin will present the budget proposal to City Council on Thursday, May 31.  In addition, administration officials will present a review of the City’s fiscal position to Council the same day.  The review will include a discussion covering the City’s various funds (including negative fund balances), cash reserves, core services and the Fiscal Sustainability Policy.
 
City Council will begin hearings on the budget proposal on June 11.  Council must pass the City’s budget by June 30.
 
A news release with details on the budget proposal is available here.
 
On Wednesday, Mayor Swearengin will share her vision for the City in her annual State of the City address at the New Exhibit Hall.  During her address, Mayor Swearengin will provide straight talk about where we stand as a City and what lies ahead.
 
The event, sponsored by the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, starts at noon, with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.
 
For more information on the State of the City address, visit the Chamber’s website at www.fresnochamber.com.
 
Start Planning for the Next Local Bites
 
On Tuesday, June 5, Local Bites will be held at Pinot Wine Bar and Bistro, 805 E. Olive, starting at 6 p.m.  Local Bites is a partnership between the City of Fresno and Taste Fresno to encourage Fresno residents to support locally owned restaurants.
 
Please feel free to join Mayor Swearengin at the dinner – or plan to eat at a locally owned restaurant at least once a month to help our local economy. If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!
 
All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at www.TasteFresno.com/localbites. For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to www.FresnoLocalBiz.com.
 
Mayor Swearengin’s Activities
 
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Preparing for the State of the City address;
  • Participating in a meeting of the Citizens Advisory Panel, a group of residents who provide direct and sustained communications between the community and the Mayor.
This Week’s Meeting
  • Fresno City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Einstein Park
 
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Einstein Park, 3566 E. Dakota, on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to noon.
 
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.
 
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
 
Follow Mayor Swearengin, City of Fresno on Twitter
 
For up-to-date information on happenings related to the City of Fresno, follow Mayor Swearengin on Twitter @MayorSwearengin or the City of Fresno @CityofFresno.