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Bakersfield City Council presented with first draft of budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21

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Posted at 6:10 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 21:12:01-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield City Council members and Mayor Karen Goh hosted a departmental budget workshop to review the Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget proposals and projections. The City said this was the first of two planned workshops before the final budget adoption expected on June 24.

The City's fiscal year begins July 1.

On Wednesday, City staff presented the budget proposals and projections, taking into account lower expected revenues due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Officials said public health and safety measures taken by the nation, state, county and City have impacted the City’s projected revenues for general sales tax as well as the Public Safety & Vital Services Measure (Measure N) and other City revenue streams.

These proposals are available to the public and can be viewed here.

Included in the proposals are $7.3 million for new affordable housing, the addition of 11 new Rapid Response Team members through PSVS and more than $200,000 in improvements at the Arena, Theater & Convention Center.

A second Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget workshop for the remaining City departments is planned for June 8. A public hearing on the budget proposal is planned for June 10 with the final budget adoption expected on June 24.