Local eviction moratorium extended through August 31; Guaranteed basic income pilot program allotted $1 million in funding; Strategic roadmap to achieving City’s top priorities approved
Mountain View, Calif. — At the Tuesday, June 22 meeting, the City Council unanimously adopted the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Recommended Budget that enhances current service delivery levels. The total FY 2021-22 budget adopted was $421.1 million in expenditures.
As with most local governments, the City of Mountain View experienced revenue losses in the past fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most notably Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and sales tax revenue. Even though there was a loss of revenue in Fiscal Year 2020-21, the General Operating Fund has remained balanced this year primarily due to lower expenditures combined with the City’s strong property tax base and steady lease revenue from City-owned property.
In the midst of this fiscal impact, the City was able to use one-time revenues to provide significant pandemic relief resources to the community and will continue to do so in Fiscal Years 2021-22 and 2022-23 through the City’s use of one-time funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, a Federal government stimulus program.
Funding Approved for Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program
As part of the formal budget adoption, the City Council allocated $1 million for a guaranteed basic income pilot program. Currently, the pilot program is in the preliminary phase as City staff begins conducting research about basic income programs already launched in other cities. In addition, staff is working with multiple organizations that do this work to help inform proposed designs for Mountain View.
At the May 25 meeting, the City Council adopted a resolution to commit their support for the principles of basic income, authorized participation in the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income initiative, and expressed their support for a cash-based pilot program in Mountain View.
A study session on a potential basic income pilot for Mountain View is in the works for the fall.
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Read the full news release and more about:
- Resources Dedicated for Integrated Human Services and Homelessness Response
- Extension of Local Rental Eviction Moratorium
- New City Vision, Strategic Priorities and Strategic Roadmap
- More Details about the Budget
This news release is also available in Spanish.