FAIRFIELD — The city will have a meeting Saturday to discuss the coming year. For once, the annual gathering won’t focus on cutting millions from the budget.
In fact, the meeting will feature proposals from city staff on how to spend the estimated $13 million expected to be raised by Measure P, a 1 percent sales tax measure passed by voters in November. The tax goes into effect April 1 and sunsets in five years.
The Fairfield City Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the future of Measure P, receive an update on the budget and plan for the upcoming year. The open meeting will take place at the Art Koch Fairfield Police Training Center at 1717 Rex Clift Lane.
“The clear focus of the last four years has been budget and financial issues. How to cut and where to cut,” said City Manager Sean Quinn. “Now we will have sales tax coming in. It’s how to spend. It’s what can we do to help the community?”
Staff will give a presentation to the council with recommendations on how Measure P money should be spent, Quinn said. The council will have a chance to mold these, as it has the ultimate say. Measure P was a general tax, so no specific use was previously identified.
Proponents have previously said the money would likely go toward strengthening police and fire, as well as preserving city services. Some council members have said they want to build reserves as well.
Included in the talks is an item about the citizens advisory committee for Measure P.
Quinn said the day would be divided into four parts of main discussion. Those include a focus on fiscal and organizational goals, economic development, working with neighborhoods and the youth.
Also listed on the agenda is a review of accomplishments of 2012 and an update of the legislative platform for 2013.
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