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City of Pasadena Adopts More Than $872M for 2020 City Wide Appropriations

Commercial development continues to be robust, according to Pasadena officials. – Photo by Terry Miller/Beacon Media News

By Terry Miller

During Monday’s Pasadena City Council meeting, council approved an increase in next year’s appropriations. The General Fund will be $274.4 million and the total appropriations rest at $872.5 million.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Adopted Budget totaled $816.7 million overall. This included an operating budget of $658.4 million, capital appropriations of $83.4 million and appropriations of $74.8 million for the city’s three operating companies—Rose Bowl Operating Company, Pasadena Center Operating Company and Pasadena Community Access Corporation.

As of FY 2020, the city’s FTE (full time equivalent positions) total now includes previously “non-budgeted” positions (56.00 FTE municipal assistance, solutions, and hiring (MASH) trainees, 8.00 FTE Firefighter trainees, 12.42 FTE Retirees). There are no appropriations budgeted for these positions – only the FTE authorization to meet ERP system requirements.

Pasadena’s local economy continues to perform well, according to staff reports with the latest unemployment rate at 4% compared to Los Angeles County as a whole which was at 4.7%. Commercial development continues to be robust. The Constance Hotel completed its final phase which includes a pool deck, dining and special event space. The 179 room Hyatt Place hotel celebrated a ribbon cutting and welcomed new guests in mid-December 2018 bringing a welcome addition to the Paseo block, just in time for New Year’s. And, there are potential plans for up to as many as four other new hotels in the city. Additionally, Transient Occupancy Tax related to short-term rentals has performed slightly better than expected, with annual receipts of roughly $700,000.

Budget also includes $750,000 for the construction of Colorado Street Bridge suicide prevention barriers. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

In the Capital Improvement Program Budget staff recommended the following priorities:

  • Replacement of 9-1-1 emergency communications equipment – $2 million recommended, total project cost estimate $8 million.
  • Replacement of Fire Station #37 – $1.5 million recommended, total project cost estimate $21.3 million.
  • Fire Station renovations and improvements – $1.5 million recommended, total project estimate cost $3 million.
  • Citywide facility improvements (Jackie Robinson Community Center and La Pintoresca Library) – $1 million.
  • High-voltage street light replacement/conversion – $1 million, total project cost estimate $11.5 million.
  • Colorado Street Bridge suicide prevention barriers – $750,000, total project cost estimate $3 million.
  • City Hall building security management – $625,000, total project cost estimate $1 million.
  • Fire alarm and sprinkler system for Central Library – $500,000, total project cost estimate $1,050,000.
  • ADA sidewalk improvements/replacement – $500,000 additional funding to be added to $1 million annual General Fund contribution and $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding.
June 18, 2019

About Author

tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family emigrated to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures or chasing a breaking news story, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars...more like an addiction, his wife of 20 years says.


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