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“Your City, Your Money” – City of Simi Valley Requests Community Input on City Budget

Post Date:11/13/2017 8:00 AM

CONTACT:   Linda Swan
                         Deputy City Manager
                         805-583-6853

The City of Simi Valley is asking residents to complete an online survey as part of a community engagement process to solicit their opinions on the City’s budget. “We want to ensure that residents and stakeholders have an opportunity to be a part of the budget discussion if they’d like to,” said City Manager Eric Levitt. The survey opens today and will continue up to 4:00 p.m. on December 8, 2017. Residents can take it at any time in that period.

The 14-question online survey doesn't require in-person participation and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. While not scientific, the survey will allow residents to show in broad terms how they prioritize City services, what they think about options for increasing revenues, and provide other comments and suggestions.

In July, during adoption of the current budget, City staff projected multi-year deficits in coming years for the City’s general operating fund, meaning the City will be spending more than it takes in. The City Council appointed a five-member Budget Advisory Committee of local business owners and residents to review the numbers and present specific recommendations that will address these deficits in the upcoming years. The Committee has been meeting and developed an online survey that is available today. Outreach to Neighborhood Councils, the Chamber of Commerce, the Council on Aging and many other local groups are underway to encourage participation.

The survey, and a great deal of other useful information about the City’s finances, can be found on the City’s website at www.simivalley.org/yourcityyourmoney  Results of the survey will be posted on the website in January 2018.

“I hope residents will take a few minutes out of their day to complete this important survey to give some input for the Budget Advisory Committee to use,” says Levitt. “We want the budget to reflect community priorities.”

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