Keep the priorities sensible. No $100,000 solar power studies or street closing consultants, ok?
Assistant City Manager Jim Becklenberg said the city will end the fiscal year on June 30 in the black, with money left over to bring its reserve fund to $2.7 million.
But, he said, Pacific Grove has accumulated a $10 million backlog in deferred maintenance and equipment replacement. Residents at recent workshops have identified a number of priorities they would like to see funded, including street maintenance, storm drain repair and sidewalk construction, and more library hours.
Assuming no new taxes, he said, additional money-saving measures and aggressively pursuing service fees to recover costs, possibly contracting with private companies for some city functions and sharing services with other communities and agencies, might reduce that deficit to about $632,000 in fiscal 2015-16.