SUISUN CITY — City officials are hopeful that community residents will help them prioritize spending as the Great Recession recedes and more income flows into the city’s coffers.
What reduced city services should Suisun City bring back first? When it comes to spending, what should the city’s budget priorities be for the next two to three years?
That’s what Suisun City council members and city officials want to hear from the town’s residents at the Chart Our Future community workshop at 9 a.m. March 8 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center at 611 Village Drive.
“We want to get ahead of the game and get feedback,” Suisun City Manager Suzanne Bragdon said about City Hall’s goal of planning how to spend resources for the next two to three years.
City officials will be on hand to present information about Suisun City’s financial condition, what challenges the city faces and what some of its goals are for the community. Each city department, from police to public works, will give a presentation about how the cuts affected it. Community members will then be allowed to present thoughts and ideas for what should be done.
The recent recession, combined with the loss of redevelopment money, put Suisun City into a tough financial bind during the past five years. As a result, the city reduced its workforce by 20 percent, instituted a hiring freeze, reduced employee salaries by 5 percent, cut service levels in order to preserve essential services and examined ways it could become more efficient.
Suisun City has started to see revenues improve as the economy began to turn around.
Once city staff collects and collates the feedback residents give at the March 8 meeting, it will be put before the City Council as it goes through the city’s budget process later this spring, Bragdon said.
For more information about the city’s finances and the community workshop, go to www.suisun.com.
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