January 19, 2023

Community Update
by Kevin Biersack, Deputy Finance Director

The City Finance Department prepares a biennial budget for the City Council to adopt every two years. The budget, simply put, is a policy document. The document reflects and supports City Council priorities and is the primary tool to accomplish various goals. The biennial budget is developed with a primary focus to achieve City Council’s goals and plans established in this month’s Strategic Planning Workshop. Departments share their accomplishments and develop objectives focused on achieving these overarching Council goals in areas to include:

  • Economic Development
  • Public Safety
  • Community Engagement/Community Relations
  • Infrastructure – Roads and Parks
  • Governance
  • Financial Strength
As projected revenues are finite, policy decisions are how to best utilize those resources to meet the needs of our community. The budget must be built from attainable revenue projections, while at the same time identifying fair and accurate expenditures. In developing the budget, a 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, maintenance, etc.) necessary to better serve the Cathedral City community. In addition to the City Council, the City has six primary operating departments: City Management, Administrative Services, Development Services, Engineering and Public Works, Police and Fire.

In January 2023, the six-month budget preparation cycle begins for the FY 2023/2024 and FY 2024/2025 Biennial Budget by developing estimates for various revenue and expense elements. In February, the department narratives, consisting of department goals and strategies, objectives in meeting Council goals, and department accomplishments are created. In addition, a draft 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Plan and a Parks Improvement and Maintenance Plan are prepared. In refining these plans, existing and new projects are reviewed/identified, along with their scope, funding/expense needs, and associated timelines. In March, City Management and City Council will review the budgeted revenues and expenditures. During the month of April, there will be two Study Session discussions to review the budget workbooks along with any questions from the City Council. The April 12, 2023, session will be dedicated to the General Fund (primary financial backbone in operating the City) and the April 26 session will be devoted to the other financial elements of the budget known as the Special Revenue Funds, Internal Service Funds, and the 5-Year Plans mentioned above. The proposed budget will be presented to City Council on May 10 for review and the final budget will be presented to the City Council on May 24 for adoption, ensuring we meet the requirement to have an approved budget prior to the start of the City’s fiscal year on July 1.

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 the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award program for the City’s Biennial Budget. The City has received this prestigious award for five (8) consecutive budget cycles covering the past fifteen (15) years. The FY 2023/2024 and FY 2024/2025 Biennial Budget will be the City’s 9th submission to GFOA for this award.

We would like to invite the many residents and business owners to participate in the Study Sessions in April. We would also like to thank the City Council and City Manager for their leadership and overall direction in the budget process. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the City staff participating in developing our 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 and budgetary challenges facing the City. “Teamwork” among City Council, staff and our constituents, 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.

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Join Cathedral City Senior Center this Saturday, January 21, 2023, 3 PM – 5 PM, for a private party in a public place!

Yve Evans Presents:
Yve Evans, piano and vocals; Rick E. Taylor, guitar;
Larry Washington, drums

Concert is free, however, donations are kindly accepted for refreshments and a tip jar for the musicians will be available.

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