The City of Carpinteria has completed its Proposed 2022/23 Budget, which projects rebounding revenues and recovery of pandemic losses, full funding for all existing and new services, expanded support for community safety net services, work on significant advanced planning and important capital improvement and facilities maintenance projects.
Approximately $31.8 million in total expenditures are projected for the City of Carpinteria in 2022/23. New services include the City’s operation of the Carpinteria Community Library, an $857,850 expense funded almost entirely by Measure X, the 1.25% sales tax approved by voters in 2018. The Proposed Budget includes $200,000 to support local community service providers that, in part, provide a safety net for residents during emergencies, and $250,000 to help address pandemic impacts to small businesses. The Proposed Budget also includes funding to construct the Carpinteria Skate Park, considerable pavement restoration work and deferred maintenance projects at Parks and the Community Pool.
Sales tax and transient occupancy taxes (lodging taxes) are key City revenue sources now projected to exceed pre-pandemic levels. Also in 2022/23, the second half of the $3.2 million designated for the City from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) will be received to assist in covering pandemic-related costs and reduced revenues. In total, the Proposed 2022/23 Budget projects $26.9 million in revenues. Despite marked increases, revenues in 2022/23 are projected to be lower than expenditures primarily due to the amount of capital project spending planned for the upcoming year. These projects are funded mainly through special funds and grants, some of which are received in a different fiscal year than they are spent.
Budget hearings will be held by the City Council on June 13, at 5:30 p.m.; June 23, at 3 p.m.; and June 27, at 5:30 p.m. The budget is available for review on the home page of the City website under Hot Topics and through the June 13 City Council meeting agenda at https://bit.ly/39dvoIW.
Members of the public may attend the June 13 meeting at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. or view the meeting live at www.carpinteria.ca.us, on Government Access Television Channel 21 or by logging into the Zoom webinar. Additional details and numerous ways for the public to provide comments can be found through the agenda link above.