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Community Forum & Survey for 2019-21 Financial Plan

Post Date:12/20/2018 10:00 AM

The City is asking the community for input on the 2019-21 budget through an online survey and community forum. Every two years, the City establishes a list of top priorities that will make San Luis Obispo a better place to live, work, and play. The City Council then takes that list and assigns the resources and budget needed to achieve those goals for the Financial Plan (including use of funds from the Local Revenue Measure – our ½-percent City sales tax). 

Community members can weigh in by completing a survey at, or with a printed survey sent to utility customers in November. So far, more than 1,000 people have completed the survey. Printed surveys should be dropped off or mailed to City Hall at 990 Palm Street. Results from surveys completed before January 16 will be included at the Community Forum: 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building (SLO Vets Hall)
801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo

 The open house style event will include opportunities to: 

  • Learn about Major City Goals, core services and feedback from the community priorities survey in a workshop setting with stations staffed by City employees. There will also be informational stations about the Fiscal Health Response Plan, Local Revenue Measure, and funding the future of capital improvement projects.
  • Hear from and interact with other community members during the workshop as well as during public comment.
  • Voice your opinion with a dot poll throughout the event. Dots will be distributed when forum attendees arrive and can be placed at stations during the event. 

Read our Frequently Asked Questions here, and stay up to date by following us on Facebook.

Following the forum, City staff will compile community feedback for Council to review in advance of its goal-setting workshop on February 4. During the workshop, Council will officially set the goals for the next two years. A budget will be adopted in June. 

This year, the City implemented the Fiscal Health Response Plan to address significant financial challenges. Continuing this progress toward long-term fiscal health, the 2019-21 Financial Plan will focus on maintaining existing infrastructure, core services and advancing the Fiscal Health Response Plan objectives such as employee concessions, new ways of doing business and new revenues, and operating reductions. 

2017-19 City goals were identified as housing, multi-modal transportation, climate action, fiscal sustainability and responsibility, and Downtown vitality.