City Council Adopts Goals for FY 2018-19
June 6, 2018 – The Arcadia City Council held its annual goal setting workshop at the Floretta K. Lauber Museum Education Center on Friday, June 1, 2018, to discuss the upcoming fiscal year’s policy agenda. Among the several topics that were discussed, the City Council unanimously agreed that addressing the City’s long-term financial issues and continued community building with the City’s Asian population are the primary focus of the coming year.
“With a new year, we have a fresh start to tackle some very big challenges facing the City.” said Mayor Sho Tay. “It is important that we continue to work together to address the City’s finances and on building the bonds of friendship in Arcadia neighborhoods.”
The City is poised to adopt a deficit budget on June 19, 2018, and, according to the City’s long-term financial forecast, the structural deficit will remain for the foreseeable future. While the proposed budget maintains existing levels of public services, the City can no longer guarantee that services will remain at current levels over the long-term. In order to begin addressing this important topic, the newly-formed Citizen’s Financial Advisory Committee will provide recommendations to the City Council for cost containment strategies and/or potential revenue enhancements. In addition, the City will be engaging the community in stakeholder meetings throughout the year to identify alternatives. The City Council will be reviewing all policy options to address the shortfall.
Further, the City Council’s vision of a unified Arcadia remains an important topic. As the “Community of Homes,” the City Council identified that welcoming neighborhoods and widespread participation in civic life are keys to ensuring cooperation among residents. The City has already taken strides this past year to provide better outreach to the City’s Asian community through the adoption of the City’s Language Access Services Policy and the use of the WeChat social media platform. In the coming year, the City Council will look to build on this momentum, including potential partnerships with the City’s Asian community to host cultural events centered on community and inclusiveness.
“The Arcadia community is dynamic. Together we can accomplish great things. Every Arcadia resident should know that their City is working for them,” added Mayor Tay.