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Eastvale Seeks Feedback on Setting Financial Priorities for the Future

Post Date:05/08/2019 8:25 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

May 8, 2019 

EASTVALE SEEKS FEEDBACK ON SETTING FINANCIAL PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE

EASTVALE, CA – The City of Eastvale has scheduled a June community meeting to gather public input on funding for priority programs and services in Eastvale.

The Financial Priority Community Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 4th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers located at 12363 Limonite Avenue Suite 910, Eastvale.

“Since incorporation, the City has remained fiscally responsible,” Mayor Todd Rigby said.  “As we look to the future and plan ahead, we are showing that our expenditures will exceed our revenues in approximately 2025.  We want to make sure we continue that fiscal responsibility and avoid a deficit. With the limited revenue we receive, we are looking for the public’s input as to what priorities we should focus on as City, and what revenue streams are options for us to consider. We desire and look forward to the public’s input through this workshop.”

The City Council is seeking feedback on a potential one-cent local sales tax measure that would raise about $7-8 million a year to specifically benefit Eastvale.  One benefit of a local sales tax is that it is contributed by both residents and visitors alike; whereas property taxes for example are fully paid for by residents.

“We want to hear from residents about what they see as the most important issues related to the services and facilities provided by Eastvale or could be provided by Eastvale and how to prioritize investments,” City Manager Bryan Jones said.  “The City will use that input to make strategic financial decisions that will serve our community in the years to come.”

The meeting builds on target areas developed as part of the City Council’s strategic planning efforts: Communication/Community Engagement, Public Safety, Economic Development, Organizational Development, Finance/Budget, and Infrastructure.

As part of the strategic planning process, a Community Satisfaction Study was conducted in January 2019 to gather initial opinions on topics such as public safety, economic development, and transportation.  When it comes to funding community-identified priorities, approximately 70 percent of the Eastvale residents surveyed said they would support a one-cent local sales tax measure to generate revenue for the City.  Now, we are reaching out to our residents and businesses to seek further clarity on their financial priorities for Eastvale.

“We look forward to gathering additional viewpoints on how we can continue to make Eastvale a responsive and forward-thinking city that meets the needs of its residents,” Jones said.

For those who cannot attend, the meeting will be live-streamed at facebook.com/cityofeastvale/. Refreshments will be provided at the meeting.  For more information, call 951.703.4415.

About the City of Eastvale

The City of Eastvale was founded on October 1, 2010, as an independent local government agency, governed by a five-member, elected City Council. The City of Eastvale serves over 73,700 residents and encompasses 13.1 square miles in western Riverside County. The City is strategically poised between Interstate 15 and California State Routes 91, 60, and 71, making access easy for residents, visitors and businesses alike. Eastvale is a young and dynamic community filled with economic opportunity, tremendous growth, and strong values. For more information on the City of Eastvale, please visit: www.EastvaleCA.gov.

Media Contact:

Olivia Applegate | Public Information Officer

951.703.4415 | oapplegate@eastvaleca.gov

 

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