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County Executive Office presents $2.55 billion balanced preliminary budget for FY 2021-2022

County Executive Office presents $2.55 billion balanced preliminary budget for FY 2021-2022

Including service enhancements in public health, mental health, safety, diversity, and capital improvements  Ventura, CA – The County Executive Office presented a $2.55 billion balanced Preliminary Budget for FY 2021-2022 at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors Meeting. “A balanced budget means that we can continue to provide critical core services such as health, social and safety […]

Ventura City Council adds new projects to 2020-2026 Capital Improvement Plan

Ventura City Council adds new projects to 2020-2026 Capital Improvement Plan

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council approved resolutions adding several new projects to the previously-passed Capital Improvement Plan, covering fiscal years 2020 through 2026, during its second year review and update. The new projects were adopted during the “Public Hearing” portion of Monday night’s city council meeting.  The public hearing was presented by Public Works […]

$600 Stimulus Checks for 5.7 Million Californians in Governor Gavin Newsom’s Relief Package

$600 Stimulus Checks for 5.7 Million Californians in Governor Gavin Newsom’s Relief Package

BY DANIEL VILLARREAL Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that his state economic relief package will include $600 stimulus checks for over 5.7 million state residents. In a tweet published Wednesday afternoon local time, Newsom also said the package will include $2 billion in grants for small businesses, fee relief for 59,000 restaurants and bars, as […]

This Bad Decision Cost You Money – Ventura

This Bad Decision Cost You Money – Ventura

Share Tweet Forward “ The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. ” —Confucius No one makes a lifetime commitment based on a single moment in time. Yet, the Ventura City Council made just such a commitment. In November 2020, they awarded […]

Santa Paula: Structural Imbalance Difficult Budget Approved

Santa Paula: Structural Imbalance Difficult Budget Approved

by Sheryl Hamlin The June 24, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting concluded the FY20/21 budget process. Read about the June 17, 2020 “austerity budget” here. Note graph of five year forecast. Since that meeting there has been resolution on the labor negotiations which made a small change in the labor expenses. The changes include: […]

Santa Paula: FY 20/21 Austerity Budget Under Consideration

Santa Paula: FY 20/21 Austerity Budget Under Consideration

by Sheryl Hamlin With less than two weeks before the end of fiscal year 19/20, the City Council of Santa Paula held another budget session on June 17, 2020. City Manager Singer opened the session with the reminder that we still must re-examine/resolve the deficit in the current fiscal year as well as the projected […]

Conejo Valley School District (CVUSD) facing $25 million deficit for 2020-2021 budget

Conejo Valley School District (CVUSD) facing $25 million deficit for 2020-2021 budget

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—The Conejo Valley Unified School District budget is facing a $25 million deficit for the $203 million 2020-2021 budget. Currently, the district has potential funds to use of $35 million but the district is not recommending that any of the six million dollars of mandated reserve  be used and that no more […]

Santa Paula: Q3 Budget Shows Negative Covid Impact of Six Percent

Santa Paula:  Q3 Budget Shows Negative Covid Impact of Six Percent

by Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s Finance Director Cristy Ramirez presented the state of the city’s General Fund at the May 6, 2020 city council meeting. From the staff report, we learn the following: The Covid shutdown has taken its toll on Santa Paula’s economy as follows: -Property Tax has remained consistent. -Sales Tax is down […]

Oxnard Council: COVID Emergency Declaration; Financial Transparency at Last; $400K Climate Action Plan Spend OK’ed

Oxnard Council: COVID Emergency Declaration; Financial Transparency at Last; $400K Climate Action Plan Spend OK’ed

By George Miller On 3-17-20, the Oxnard City Council: Ratified an emergency proclamation to address the Coronavirus pandemic; Approved a $411,400 contract to do a climate change plan (yes they believe they can change the climate); Approved the 2020 Ventura County Regional Consolidated Plan (for housing); Put 375 city vehicles on an outsourced maintenance plan […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves Deficit Mid-Year Budget

Santa Paula: Council Approves Deficit Mid-Year Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin Deficit Budget The first good news about the FY 19/20 mid-year budget was its timeliness. February 19, 2020 is a record in reporting the mid-year which ended December 31, 2019. Cristy Ramirez, Finance Director, created a new format for the presentation. It was concise in that the tables grouped the data logically, […]

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