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March 15, 2018

Community Update

by Tami Scott, Administrative Services Director

Understanding the Budget Process:

The City Finance Department prepares a biennial budget for Council adoption every two years. The budget, simply put, is a policy document.  The document reflects and supports City Council policies and is the primary tool to accomplish their goals. The current biennial budget, adopted May 2017, for Fiscal Year End 2017-2018 & 2018-2019, is developed with a primary focus to achieve City Council’s goals established annually in January during the City Council’s Goal Setting Workshop. Departments share their accomplishments and develop objectives focused on achieving these overarching Council goals, which in January 2018 were centered around: 

• Quality of Life

• Economic and Community Development

• Housing and Homelessness

• City Infrastructure

• Community and Business Relations

As projected revenues are finite, the policy decisions are how to best utilize those resources to meet the needs of the community.  The budget must be built from attainable revenue projections, while at the same time identifying fair and accurate expenditures. In developing a budget, the primary component is to determine the costs associated with operating our City. Since we are a service organization (and we don’t make widgets), the primary expense is the City’s labor force serving the residents and businesses of Cathedral City. In addition, there are operating components (such as materials, supplies) necessary to better serve the Cathedral City community. In addition to the City Council, the City has five primary operating departments: City Management, Administrative Services, Community Development, Police and Fire.

We begin the analysis in January of the year the budget is prepared. For example, the six-month budget preparation cycle began for the FY 2017/2018 and FY 2018/2019 Biennial Budget in January of 2017.  We start by developing estimates for various revenue and expense elements. In February, the department narratives, consisting of department goals, objectives in meeting Council goals, and department accomplishments are reviewed and updated.  In addition, a draft 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Plan is prepared. In refining the CIP, existing and new projects are identified, along with their scope, funding/expense needs, and associated timelines. In March, City Management and City Council review the budgeted revenues and expenditures. During the month of April, there are two Study Session Discussions to review the budget workbooks along with any questions from the City Council. The first session in Aprilis dedicated to the General Fund (primary financial backbone in operating the City) and the second April session is devoted to the ancillary financial elements of the budget known as the Special Revenue Funds, Internal Service Funds, and 5-Year CIP Plan. The proposed budget is then presented to City Council during the first Council meeting in May for review and the final budget is generally presented to the City Council either the second meeting in May or the first meeting in June for adoption, ensuring we meet the requirement to have an approved budget prior to the start of the City’s fiscal year on July 1st.

Principals of budgeting and financial statements of the City are governed by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Industry requirements set forth by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).  The City of Cathedral City participates in GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award program for the City’s Biennial Budget. The City has received this prestigious award for six (6) consecutive budget cycles covering the past eleven (11) years to include the FY 2017/2018 and FY 2018/2019 Biennial Budget.

Preparing the budget is a demanding and time-consuming effort for all involved in the process. This is especially true considering the competing priorities and continued workloads of staff and the budgetary challenges facing the City. ”Teamwork” among City Council, staff and our citizens and business community is the backbone to creating this policy document. This same “teamwork” continues to be an essential ingredient in Moving Cathedral City Forward.

News

The next City Council Meeting is set for March 28, 2018

Easter Kidapalooza Returns Sunday, April 1st – 25,000 Eggs!

Easter Kidapalooza Returns Sunday, April 1st – 25,000 Eggs!

Honda of the Desert presents Easter Kidapalooza featuring 25,000 Easter Eggs on Sunday, April 1, 2018 from 12 noon to 3:00 pm. Bring the kids to Cathedral City’s Town Square Park in front of City Hall for an event that is all about Kids. Schedule of Activities: From 12 (noon) to … Read more.

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Check out this video highlighting all the fun to be had at the 2018 Cathedral City LGBT Days...

Check out this video highlighting all the fun to be had at the 2018 Cathedral City LGBT Days...

Check out this video highlighting all the fun to be had at the 2018 Cathedral City LGBT Days... 

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Upcoming Events

State of the City 2018

State of the City 2018

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the annual "State of the City."

The lunch portion begins at 11:30 am. Tickets for the luncheon are available at www.gcvcc.org

The State of the City address begins at 12:30 p.m. and is free.... Read more

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4th Season Poster - Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Gather the family, blankets and/or chairs for “Movies in the Park” located this season at the Downtown Festival Lawn, 68600 East Palm Canyon Drive (HWY 111) in Cathedral City.  The free event, hosted by the Cathedral City Evening Rotary and sponsored by the City of Cathedral City, happens once a month on a Saturday evening every month between November and May, at 7:00 pm, except for the month of May, which begins at 8:30 pm due to daylight savings time...Read more.

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4th Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days

4th Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days

The 4th Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days, presented by Volkswagen of Palm Springs, celebrates the lives, history, and wonderful accomplishments of the LGBT community has contributed to making Cathedral City one of the "most livable" cities in America and a testament to its perfect equality score by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The festival provides an opportunity to recognize the strength in our diversity, appreciate our similarities, and stand united for the equal ... Read more.

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Easter Kidapalooza

Easter Kidapalooza

Bring the kids to Cathedral City's Town Square Park in downtown for an event that is all about Kids! From 12 (noon) to 3:00 pm, kids will enjoy the fun of multiple bouncy houses surrounding Cathedral City's Fountain of Life area ... Read more.

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Shred Insert 2017-2018

Stop Identity Theft Program

To help STOP identity theft and as a service to its residents, the City of Cathedral City is hosting FREE Document Shredding Events. The Shredding Events are the first Saturday of the month October thru May each year.

TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Arrive early – once the shredding truck is filled to capacity the event will end.

LOCATION: 68-510 East Palm Canyon Drive

• Your documents will be shredded on site – you will be able to witness the entire process.

• Arrive early – once the shredding truck is filled to capacity the event will end.

• This is a free event – there is no charge to shred your documents.

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Cathedral City Senior Center's Chili Cook-Off

Cathedral City Senior Center's Chili Cook-Off

Come join in the fun, cook some chili, eat lunch, sponsor or donate items for the Silent Auction.  The proceeds go to benefit the programs at the CC Senior Center which relies upon donations, gifts and grants for its funding.  Help our seniors “THRIVE” and take part in the new and fun event.  Contact Bob@CathedralCenter.org or 760-321-1548 for details.

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CHILDREN’S ART PARTY FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS

CHILDREN’S ART PARTY FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS

The SCRAP Gallery and the Agnes Pelton Society hosts the Children and Elders monthly Art Party at the Simeon Den Gallery, 68895 Perez Road, Suite I-27 (across from Frankie’s Italian Bakery) on the First Saturday of each month from 1-3 PM.   Admission is free.

Participants create art pieces made of recyclable materials and also meet and work with a local guest artist, who will share his/her work as well as conduct an art making activity in their style discipline. Light refreshments, games, and entertainment.... Read more.

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2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road

2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road

Every 2nd Saturday, come to Cathedral City’s Art & Design District for “2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road” where you will discover special art exhibits, museum quality art as well as cultural art to brighten your soul, meet other like-minded people, and maybe get a little exercise going from art gallery to design gallery to art gallery.  It will be ARTtastic!
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Battle of the Badges Boxing Event

Battle of the Badges Boxing Event

Come watch police officers and firefighters box in the main ring on the Lawn Festival in Downtown Cathedral City.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

1st boxing match starts at 6:00 p.m.

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