FY 2023-24 Budget

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A Message From City Manager Alan Flora

While the economic picture has often been murky over the past several years, the City has performed well in the end. This year for the first time we are seeing a bit more cooling of the economic picture. Lake County is not seeing the dramatic revenue drops like in Mendocino or Humboldt counties, but still the more significant growth of the past few years has dimmed. Our sales tax numbers are generally flat and other revenue streams are not keeping up with growth in expenses. In spite of this we remain optimistic that the dip will be slight and our efforts for economic development and growth of the past few years are ready to bear fruit in the next several years.

The City is able to continue its major efforts to invest in infrastructure. The big story in this budget is what can only be described as a continuation of last year’s unprecedented investment in infrastructure. Last year’s capital budget of over $20 million is increased this year to $22.6 million, in addition to the $13.3 million in road funding from the financing package approved last year. These infrastructure development projects include the Pearce Field retail center; the mixed-use development on Burns Valley Road, including a housing project, a new Public Works Yard, a soccer and baseball complex, and a recreation center; corridor improvements on Lakeshore Drive; and various improvements in Austin Park. In addition, there are likely to be additional grant awards for infrastructure investment that will be received by the City within this fiscal year, but since they are pending official award notifications we have not included them in the Budget.


The City is clearly experiencing a resurgence, and the combination of infrastructure and private investment completed over the next couple of years will define a new trajectory in Clearlake’s future. Of course, many challenges remain. Our exceptional Code Enforcement team is continually cleaning up properties, ensuring neighborhoods are free of weeds and blight, towing abandoned vehicles, and generally ensuring the City is cleaner and safer. All of this has been even more difficult with the additional challenge of such a high percentage of properties with tax delinquencies. We have been excited to partner with the County’s new Tax Collector which has resulted in a more collaborative approach in problem solving around this issue. There is still more work to do in cleaning up several sections of the City and we expect each budget in the near future to include significant one-time money for the towing and crushing of abandoned vehicles and the abatement of various problem properties. However, we must not let the image of past blight cloud the vision of our future.


Roads are always a hot community issue, particularly here in Clearlake as we try to catch up from decades of little to no investment. While the investment in the next two years will continue our unprecedented efforts, there is much more to do. Thanks to Measure V revenues and various grants, the funding exists for dramatic improvements to our local streets. Our recently updated pavement management plan detailed an 11-point increase in pavement condition index over the past four years. This type of increase is rare, but shows what can be done with dedicated revenue, committed staff, and under the leadership of the Council that keeps their eye on the goal, day in and day out.


I am proud of the City’s leadership team, which is committed, energized and effective in our part to transform the community. An enormous thank you to each of them and our staff that truly are actively engaged in solving the issues that face Clearlake.


While the list of challenges we face remains long, I continue to believe the opportunity in front of us is enormous. Investment interest in our community remains high and I believe the change coming in the next few years will overshadow the challenges of the past. We expect a lot of the dirt we have been planning to move the past several years to really reveal what we have been working towards.


This year we are again exclusively using our OpenGov transparency budget platform for production and sharing of the FY 2023-24 Clearlake Budget. Please, explore the Proposed Budget with the links below.



Sincerely,


Alan Flora

City Manager


FY 23-24 BUDGET DETAIL BY DEPARTMENT

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City Council

City Attorney

City Manager

  • City Manager
  • Non-Departmental
  • Series A Bonds (Infrastructure)
  • Series B Bonds (Low & Moderate Income Housing)
  • RDA Successor Agency
  • RDA Housing Successor Agency

Administrative Services/City Clerk

  • Administrative Services/City Clerk
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Low/Moderate Income Housing
  • CDBG - Housing Rehab
  • CDBG - First Time Home Buyers

Community Development

Finance

Police Department

Public Works


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