The Signal

City Council to hold budget study session

- By Caleb Lunetta Signal Senior Staff Writer

The Santa Clarita City Council is set to hold a budget study session on Tuesday, with plans to discuss the various priorities establishe­d by the city for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

In a previous budget study session in February, the council members said they had four primary goals moving forward: COVID-19 recovery, city infrastruc­ture, public safety and state legislatio­n.

While the city said it has recovered significan­tly since the downturn it took during the pandemic, global and national trends show economic growth at a lower rate than previously projected due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, as well as inflation and supply issues.

A key focal point will be public safety, which for the past year and a half the Santa Clarita City Council has said has been jeopardize­d by L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón and his policy directives that limited sentencing and bail enhancemen­ts for a number of crimes and misdemeano­rs.

The largest expenditur­e from the general fund in the coming year, public safety, is expected to see a $31.5 million injection from the city.

The process to create the budget for the fiscal year typically begins in January and culminates in June with the adoption of a balanced annual budget.

The study session is set to be held in the Carl Boyer room, formerly the Century Room, in City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd., starting at 5 p.m.

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