Kudos to Tim Przybyla, the City of Oakley Finance Director, Joshua McMurray, City of Oakley Interim City Manager, and all the City Staff for the budget presentation for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The presentation revealed that the total revenue for the City is to be sixty-nine million dollars, twenty-nine million dollars over the last fiscal year. Yes, and there is still more money to come from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Twenty-four million dollars is unrestricted, and the City Council needs to determine the allocation of that money. However, City Staff is preparing to present a listing of restricted funds, who pays for which service is in a designated restricted tax area. The information will be available for all members of the community as budget decisions move forward.
Interim City Manager anticipates an expanded workforce in City Hall, which I see as prudent and wise, leaving lean and mean behind us. Also, Mr. McMurray is bringing on an outside consultant to assist the City in ascertaining the most mindful manner to distribute COVID-19 funds, another prudent and wise direction in my mind. Millions of dollars will be coming into the City of Oakley in the form of relief funds. We need to allocate such funds most advantageously for Oakley residents without overwhelming a heavily burdened City Staff.
George Fuller, MPA, MA City Councilmember, City of Oakley