The City of Visalia has been conducting a communitywide conversation to obtain feedback about services and programs important to the community and how to maintain and protect those essential city services.
“The State of California has shifted responsibility for many programs back to local cities without the funds necessary to provide the services,” states Mike Olmos, Visalia City Manager. “Over the last five years, the state has taken more than $40 million from our City. Although the economy has been difficult for all of us, it’s important that we identify potential local funding sources that are protected and locally controlled.”
In a recent resident survey, the community was asked to give their feedback on their priorities, which included:
“The City has tightened its belt and squeezed as much out of the budget as possible. However, more must be done to ensure our City can provide essential public safety and quality-of-life services that our residents need and deserve,” added Olmos.
The community discussion continues with three public meetings, in which City staff members will provide a brief presentation and conduct a question and answer period. These are scheduled for:
Each meeting is open to the public and will allow citizens the opportunity to learn more about the City’s essential services and provide feedback on moving forward to maintain the quality of life in Visalia. Refreshments will be provided and citizens of all ages are welcome to attend.
For those unable to attend in person, each of the meetings will stream via Facebook Live at the City’s official page www.facebook.com/cityofvisalia. Questions will be taken from the live-stream audience and addressed in real time.