Sherri Lightner, District 1, June 2016 message to University City

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Courtesy of SHERRI LIGHTNER City Council, District 1:

Sherri LightnerSummer is right around the corner, and I am looking forward to celebrating with several local elementary schools during their year-end festivities!

As you may know, May and June is when the City finalizes the budget for the coming year. The Council spent the majority of May reviewing City’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Each department was reviewed separately with opportunities for members of the public to weigh in.

The Mayor is current reviewing the recommendations submitted by Council, and will then proposed the ‘May Revise’. The final budget will then be approved in early June after it is adopted by the Council. I’d like to thank all of you who sent letters, emails and came to City Hall to advocate for programs in your communities. Your voice makes a difference.

The upcoming June Ballot will have several propositions (A-G) that will amend the City’s Charter to make our City government function better for City staff and citizens. I encourage all City of San Diego voters to vote yes on Propositions A-G. Each of these amendments are non-controversial, and received strong support from the Council, the League of Women Voters and the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Prop A: Redistricting: Improves the City’s redistricting process.
  • Prop B: Issuing Bonds: Streamlines the language in the Charter and put bond language in Municipal Code, where it can be more easily updated.
  • Prop C: Taxation: Clarifies that the City only levies property taxes that are legally authorized by the state.
  • Prop D: Power to Fix Salaries: Updates the charter to reflect the strong mayor form of government and state law.
  • Prop E: Budgeting: Describes the City budget process in one easy-to-read place.
  • Prop F: Financial Operations: Allow faster approval for bondfunded projects, includes electronic funds transfer, and protects the City’s reserves.
  • Prop G: Audits of Accounts of Officers: Details how officers who leave City employment are audited.

Don’t forget that City residents can get FREE residential water surveys from the Public Utilities Department. For a survey appointment and more information, call 619-570-1999 or email watersurvey@sandiego.gov.


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