Fiscal & Organizational Sustainability

Setting the City up for Future Success

Part of managing a City is making sure that the cost of services balances with available revenue. This is challenging for cities because there are a lot of things that the city doesn't actually control; such as new laws that require staff time to oversee, or changes in state rules that reduce a city's revenues.  Since the great recession, this has become even more challenging.  To address the many decisions the city will need to make going forward, the city has embarked on a fiscal and organizational sustainability process.  Community feedback in this process is key!

Starting in November of 2019 and continuing through the summer of 2020, the city will be reviewing every aspect of city services and staffing to be sure we can get on a path to long term sustainability.  Below are links to important presentations that summarize aspects of this process including a process overview, department overview, revenue options, technology investments, core staffing needs, and infrastructure.  After we complete our reviews of each of the areas, we will prepare an online options tool that will allow the community to participate in the process by having the chance to balance priorities and resources.

The Report below presents summarized information about the current 5-year General Fund forecast and our view of a reasonable, balanced scenario that will ensure Petaluma is well-positioned to provide quality services, maintenance, public safety, infrastructure investments, and recruitment / retention of qualified staff for the long term.

How you can stay involved:

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Fiscal Sustainability Process & Schedule

Check out this presentation to learn about the city's process for fiscal sustainability planning.

Review the Meeting Schedule.

Download the Presentation Slide Deck.

Watch the Video.


Department Reviews

This presentation goes over each city department, their areas of focus, their service and staffing levels and future issues.

Download the Presentation Slide Deck.

Watch the Video.


City Revenues

This presentation summarizes the variety of taxes, bonds and fees the city can asses to fund city services.

Download the Presentation Slide Deck.

Watch the Video.

Staffing Costs

The first of two sessions about staffing costs.

Session 1 - Pensions and Post Retirement Benefits

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Technology Investments

This presentation reviews the Technology needs for the City to be resilient, efficient, and customer friendly.

Review the Staff Report

Download the Slide Deck

Watch the Video

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Infrastructure Session 1

The first of two sessions

Session 1 - Street Conditions

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Infrastructure Session 2

The second of two sessions

Session 2 - Infrastructure (3 part series)

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