PUBLIC HEARING ON RECOMMENDED ANNUAL BUDGETS
ON JUNE 22, 2021
City of Mountain View, CA
Notice of a joint public hearing of the following legislative bodies to review the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Recommended Annual Budgets, Recommended Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Trash and Recycling Rates and Various Recommended City Fees:
•City Council of the City of Mountain View
•Board of Directors of the Mountain View Shoreline Regional Park Community
•Board of Directors of the City of Mountain View Capital Improvements Financing Authority
This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the State of California Executive Order N-29-20, dated March 17, 2020. All members of the City Council will participate in the meeting by video conference, with no physical meeting location.
Notice is hereby given that Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, at mountainview.legistar.com, has been set as the time and place for a public hearing to receive public comment regarding the recommended increase to water, wastewater, and solid waste trash and recycling rates. Property owners or utility customers within the City objecting to the recommended utility rates may file a written protest with the City Clerk before the close of the public hearing on June 22, 2021, which will be tabulated upon conclusion of the public hearing. Written protests may be mailed to City Hall attention to the City Clerk, Agenda 062221, P.O. Box 7540, Mountain View, CA 94039-7540 and received, or dropped off at City Hall through the Utility Payments mail slot located on the wall of City Hall between Castro Street and the main doors of City Hall, prior to the end of the public hearing. No utility rate protests submitted by e-mail will be accepted. Council will not take action to adopt rates until after the public hearing. Notice of this public hearing was previously provided in accordance with Article XIII(D) Section 6 of the California State Constitution. The notice of the public hearing and recommended utility rates can be found at: https://www.mountainview.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=35523
Notice is hereby given that Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, at mountainview.legistar.com , has been set as the time and place for a public hearing to receive public comment on the use of funds for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Recommended Annual Budgets; Fiscal Year 2021-22 CIP; Strategic Roadmap Action Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-23; recommended increases to water, wastewater, and solid waste trash and recycling rates; and on various recommended City fees. Council will take action to adopt the above after the public hearing.
The meeting will be broadcast live at mountainview.legistar.com, on YouTube at MountainView.gov/YouTube, and on Comcast Channel 26. Members of the public wishing to provide comments to the City Council may send an email to email@example.com, sign up to provide comments during the video conference meeting at mountainview.gov/cc_speakers beginning on Thursday, June 17, 2021, or mail comments to City Clerk, P.O. Box 7540, Mountain View, California, 94039-7540. If sending comments by mail, please allow at least one week for delivery prior to the meeting date.
The budget document, including fees, is available on the City’s website below. The meeting agenda and staff report will be available on Friday, June 18, at mountainview.legistar.com.
Dated this 8th day of June, 2021
Finance and Administrative Services Director
The June 8, 2021 and June 22, 2021 public hearings provide the opportunity for the City Council to discuss, and for the public to provide input on, the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Recommended Budget and Five-Year Financial Forecast.
It is projected that it will take time for the City’s revenue sources to reach levels prior to the pandemic. As a result, the City faces projected deficits on the horizon followed by a period of recovery. For Fiscal Year 2021-22, there is a preliminary negative operating balance of $4.2 million, and staff recommends utilizing Excess Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) funding, a limited-period revenue source, to balance the budget and smooth the impacts of lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Five-Year Forecast, the following two fiscal years project negative operating balances of $4.6 million and $1.5 million. The fourth and fifth fiscal years are balanced primarily due to projected revenue growth from property, sales, and hotel taxes.
Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget Schedule:
June 8, 2021 Public Hearing: Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22
June 22, 2021 Public Hearing: Budget Adoption for Fiscal Year 2021-22
Due to the significant level of uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting effects on the City's budget situation, quarterly updates are being presented to keep the public informed of possible impacts to the City's financial situation and outlook.
The City has historically taken proactive and strategic steps to ensure the City’s fiscal health and sustainability, including diversifying its revenues, adopting a structurally balanced annual budget, funding long-term needs, and maintaining prudent reserves. These practices have positioned the City to better withstand the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consequently, based on the assumption that Shelter-in-Place restrictions would be lifted by June 30, 2020, the projections included in the Adopted Budget indicate the City could maintain current service levels in Fiscal Year 2020-21 with sufficient revenues to fund operating expenditures, including salary and benefit costs, and other priorities. Notably, unlike in past years, there is a limited amount of funding available for long-term liabilities and strategic reserves and, in an abundance of caution, the City is filling staffing vacancies on a case-by-case basis, prioritizing sworn safety personnel and positions critical to COVID-19 response efforts.
Taking into account the ongoing situation of the global pandemic, development of the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Adopted Budget incorporates the following priority areas:
Essential service delivery and COVID-19 community response efforts, including services for the most vulnerable residents;
Return or recovery of Citywide operations once the Shelter-in-Place order is modified;
Economic development and small business strategy efforts;
Public communications, engagement, and community-building;
Strategic planning for the future, with an emphasis on innovation, efficiency, and operational improvements designed to better serve the community and achieve desired outcomes as we adapt to the crisis and the “next normal.”
The Fiscal Year 2020-21 Annual Budget, Water, Wastewater, and Trash and Recycling Rates, and Various City Fees were presented to the City Council at a public hearing on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and adopted at the second public hearing on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.