Elk Grove City Council Adopts Biennial Budget

Press Release

Press Release - Elk Grove City Council Adopts Biennial Budget

Posted: 06/14/2019

Two Year Funding Plan Launches New Facilities, Adds Officers, and Maintains Healthy Reserves

Following an annual process of evaluating the city’s fiscal health, community priorities, infrastructure needs, and daily operations, the Elk Grove City Council unanimously approved a two-year spending plan on Wednesday night. The balanced budget package includes $291 million for FY 2019-20 and $209 million projected in FY 2020-21.

The City’s General Fund (discretionary) Budget for next fiscal year will increase by 4.4% to $77.9 million compared to $74.6 million in FY 2018-19. Fiscal Year 2020-21 will see an additional increase of 2.9% to $80.1 Million. These increases include several public safety enhancements including the full operating costs for the new Animal Shelter and a Real Time Information Center, as well as the hiring of seven additional police officers and two additional community service officers over the next two years.

“Staff developed a budget that is consistent with the City Council’s vision for Elk Grove,” said Elk Grove City Manager, Jason Behrmann. “It’s a budget plan that improves the levels of service to our residents and continues to focus much of our efforts on supporting public safety and developing our economy. Most importantly, it continues the City’s tradition of strong financial management and accountability.”

The City will continue to construct several noteworthy capital projects that are funded through the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budgets. Completion of several major civic projects in FY 2019-20 is a key factor in a 28% decrease in spending for FY 2020-21. The two-year spending plan includes:

  • Kammerer Road widening and extension from Lent Ranch Parkway to Bruceville Road
  • Increased investments in street pavement maintenance (now $8.8 million per year)
  • Completion of the Aquatic Center and Community Center at the Civic Center
  • Start of construction on the Civic Center Nature Area
  • Additional parking and streetscape improvements in the Old Town area
  • Completion of the second phase of Old Town Plaza

The Budget also reflects recent changes to the City’s fiscal reserve policy. The Reserve for Economic Uncertainty, or ‘rainy day fund,’ increased from 20% to 25%. Other reserve accounts were also created, including an Opportunity Reserve to help the City stay nimble and be able to take advantage of unique opportunities to achieve the City’s highest priority goals.

Details of the City’s budget can be found online at www.elkgrovecity.org/budget. For more information, contact the Budget Manager, Shay Narayan at 916-478-2232 or snarayan@elkgrovecity.org.

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