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Archived News Release from 2004

For Immediate Release

Possible Budget Cuts to be Topic of June 2 Community Workshop in Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - May 28, 2004 - With Redwood City facing continuing budget deficits, there are difficult decisions ahead regarding cost-cutting measures and the level of City services. The City Manager is holding a community budget workshop to look at some of these possible cutbacks, and ask for the public's input. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, 2004 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm , at the Community Activities Building , 1400 Roosevelt Avenue.

The City is seeking input and reactions on elements of the budget proposal that will be recommended to the City Council later in June. The workshop will begin with the City Manager and Finance Director presenting the background on the changes in City revenues and expenses that have created the projected deficit, and what service reductions are being recommended to address that deficit. The workshop participants will work in small groups to discuss and analyze these proposed cuts and impacts, and then all groups will report their perspectives and opinions back to the entire workshop.

The goal is to get the community's views on whether the expenditure cut recommendations make sense for the community of Redwood City . Later in the evening, the City Manager and Finance Director will share information on potential sources of new City revenues, and will solicit participants' feedback on which, if any, new revenues the City should pursue. A summary of this important community feedback will become part of the budget presentation to the City Council later in June.

Through processes like this community budget workshop the City would like to assure the public that City staff and the City Council are approaching this situation intelligently, cautiously, and creatively, with a great deal of confidence in their ability to successfully meet this challenge, which is being faced by most cities throughout California.

Visit Redwood City 's website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact:
Corinne Centeno
Assistant City Manager/Parks Director
(650) 780-7254

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