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Suisun City

Suisun plans workshop to chart future

By From page A5 | February 28, 2014

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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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • The MisterFebruary 28, 2014 - 7:32 am

    People... keep your eye out for Agenda 21 propaganda to be presented at this workshop. Beware of the Delphi Technique.

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  • B. ThiemerFebruary 28, 2014 - 8:36 am

    "The recent recession, combined with the loss of redevelopment money, put Suisun City into a tough financial bind during the past five years". Why would redevelopment money, or lack thereof, affect the general budget? I thought they were two distinct entities?

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  • Suisun1February 28, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Great to see democracy in action. I'll try to attend the session and makes me feel optimistic when local government wants to engage citizens, instead of trying to out-maneuver them. I hope a lot of people attend.

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