An accident involving a CHP officer occured on northbound Highway 101 near Linden Avenue just before noon and led to the diversion of all highway traffic to surface streets in Carpinteria. As of 12:45 p.m., southbound lanes were open, but northbound lanes remained closed. Traffic congestion and delays on surface streets are expected to continue. Also, earlier this morning an accident on northbound Highway 101 near Mussel Shoals in Ventura County caused a full northbound closure and significant delays.
New Business Signs Available
The City of Carpinteria has produced updated signage explaining that mask-wearing in businesses is required for those who are not fully vaccinated. A pdf file of the new sign can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3q79FGE.
Protect Your People
Vaccines are critically important as we round the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do your part and get vaccinated!
Council Approves Fiscal Year 2021/22 City Budget
At its June 14 meeting, the Carpinteria City Council unanimously voted to approve the budget for fiscal year 2021/22. Funding for all existing projects, programs and services that are provided and planned for by the City is included in the $26 million budget.
The 2021/22 budget reflects ongoing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, though these are projected to be far less significant than in 2020/21. Expenditures increased in 2020/21 in order for the City to provide support to local businesses and providers of public health and wellness services during the pandemic. Meanwhile, key revenues decreased in 2020/21, including sales tax and transient occupancy taxes (lodging taxes). In the 2021/22 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, these revenues are expected to improve but remain lower than pre-pandemic rates.
The 2021/22 budget prioritizes restoring financial reserves and staffing, which were drawn down and frozen during the pandemic, and investing strategically in projects, programs and services that will further strengthen our community safety net ahead of any future disasters. These strategic investments include, in part, the new Library, Racial Equity & Social Justice program, and providing financial support to local agencies providing enhanced Health & Human Services programming in Carpinteria. The adopted fiscal year 2021/22 budget is available at https://carpinteriaca.gov/city-hall/administrative-services-finance/.