by Photo courtesy of the City of Chula Vista

The City of Chula Vista will hold a workshop on April 27 to receive feedback from the public on its $249 million general fund budget proposed earlier this month. 

The 2023 Budget Workshop is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. at the Otay Ranch Town Center HUB Community Room, 2015 Birch Road, Suite 409, near the food pavilion. The city will provide a detailed look into the proposed budget at a council meeting on May 10 and consider adopting it on May 24. 

The budget would fund the fiscal year 2022-23 starting July and is about $31 million more than the current $218 the city currently spends. According to the proposed budget, a chunk of the revenue will come from Measure A and P sales taxes.

Voters approved Measure P in 2016, the half-cent sales tax for infrastructure. In 2018, voters passed Measure A, a half-cent sales tax to support public safety staffing.

The city has been allocated $57.5 million of federal relief funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to be allocated by December 31, 2024, and spent by December 31, 2026. This aims to support the COVID-19 response and the negative economic impact caused by the pandemic, premium pay for essential workers, infrastructure investments, and general government services. 

According to the proposed budget, the city plans to spend $103 million this year on personal expenses. This is an increase of $4.7 million from the current budget and attributes to salary increases. 

The city expects to increase its budget for salaries by about $5.3 million, while other aspects such as insurance, pensions, and utilities are the remaining expenses. 

The city expects to see $41 million in revenue from property taxes, and $44 million from sales taxes, among other revenue streams. 

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