By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

Temecula approves budgets, 5-year Capital Improvement Program


Last updated 6/22/2018 at 11:44am

The Temecula City Council last week approved a five-year Capital Improvement Program as well annual operating budgets for the city and city departments during a meeting last week.

The council’s unanimous approval followed an in-depth presentation from city staff; the first portion of the presentation focused on the city’s planned Capital Improvement Projects for 2019-2023 before discussing the 2018-2019 fiscal year operating budgets.

Capital Improvement Program for 2019-2023

Public Works Director Patrick Thomas said there were 60 major Capital Improvement Projects planned within the city over the next five years with a collective price tag of $553 million.

About $144 million has already been spent on those projects, meaning that the remaining cost to complete the projects is around $389 million. So far, $289 million in funding has been identified.

Roughly $38 million has been allocated for major projects for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which will be added to $77 million that has been carried over from previous years.

Of the 60 projects, 21 are traffic circulation projects, 26 are traffic infrastructure projects, 12 are parks and recreation projects and one is a placeholder project for affordable housing supported by the Successor Agency to the Temecula Redevelopment Agency (SARDA).

The successor agency – which replaced the agency dissolved by the state – has $12,583,027 in bond funding available to help fund affordable housing projects within the city, according to Community Development Director Luke Watson.

Watson said the city sent out a Request for Proposals and received 20. Two firms were selected to begin negotiating funding agreements with the city.

“Any agreements entered into will identify the specific amount of affordable housing dollars allocated to each development,” Watson said. “Negotiations are ongoing and staff has expected that if these talks are successful, funding agreements will be before the city council for consideration before the end of this calendar year.”

Temecula’s 2018-2019 Annual Operating Budget

City Finance Director Jennifer Hennessy said the city for its 2018-2019 fiscal year will have an anticipated general fund revenue of $78.4 million, up 2 percent over the previous year.

She said the city would spend just over $76 million, with the roughly $44.5 million – or 59 percent of that amount – going to public safety services from police and fire.

Of the remaining 41 percent, 19 percent would go to public works, 13 percent would go to administrative costs, 7 percent would go to community development and 2 percent would go to non-departmental items, Hennessy said.

Temecula Community Services District 2018-2019 Annual Operating Budget

The Temecula Community Services District – which has a mission of improving residents’ quality of life through events, services and activities – will receive revenue of $21.7 million this year and will be spending roughly 22.6 million. To cover the $900,000 deficit, TCSD will be using available fund balances.

Roughly $11.1 million from the TCSD budget will go to parks and recreation, $8 million will go to refuse and recycling, $1.5 million will go to landscape and slope maintenance, $789,201 will go to street lighting, $976,945 would go to the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library, $247,276 will go to Harveston Lake Maintenance and $9,663 will go to dirt road maintenance services.

The role of Measure S

The city will be appropriating $27.1 million in Measure S funding, the voter-approved sales tax increase intended to increase residents’ quality of life and bolster public safety. The measure brought in $22 million last fiscal year and is expected garner more than $25 million this year.

$5.8 million of those funds would be used to maintain the 10 new police officers hired in April 2017, maintain staffing for Fire Station No. 95 opened in January and maintain fire staffing of four persons-per-engine. The Measure S funds also will go to the replacement of a ladder truck for the fire department.

$2.9 million, or 11 percent of the funds, will go into various reserves to replace city-owned assets as they fall into disrepair. $500,000 will go to a vehicle replacement reserve; $500,000 will go into a technology replacement reserve; $500,000 will go into a facilities replacement reserve and $1.4 million into a street maintenance reserve.

$6.8 million, or 26 percent, will go to cover some Temecula Community Services District costs such as library and custodial services.

$11.5 million, or 42 percent, will go toward a number of the capital improvement projects. Measure S funding amounts include $750,000 for the redesign of various city parks, $450,000 toward Community Recreation Center (CRC) pool site enhancements and $400,000 toward renovations and improvements at the Temecula Children’s Museum.

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Reader Comments

tomsuttle writes:

Temecula City Hall may come face to face with a major challenge. If the nationwide scourge closing major mall anchors ever reaches us, the City will need to make cooperative economic decisions to mitigate harm to its own income flow. At the Prom, thank Heaven, someone was thinking when the Sears anchor needed attention. Half of Sears being transformed into a recreational facility was possibly a stroke of genius. But we can't now just wait to see if other shoes fall. Preparation is key.


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