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The City will have good estimates of final revenues and expenses in September 2020, once the closing process and audit preparation are complete. The City’s annual external audit will begin in October 2020.
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The City is currently projecting a revenue shortfall of approximately $10 million for FY 2019/20, which ends on June 30, 2020.
The City is taking action to offset these losses. Per Council direction, the City has transferred $4.6 million from the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fund by suspending the Civic Center Project and cancelling the Dwight Murray Plaza project. Additionally, the Council approved using any remaining Non-Recurring General Fund to address the remaining approximately $5.4 million revenue shortfall. If the shortfall ends up being higher than the projection, the City may also need to use its Reserve funds.
The City is currently projecting revenue decreases of approximately $20 million for next fiscal year. To address these losses, the City Council adopted a new budget in June that outlines reductions in a number of areas. For example, the City has "frozen" approximately 32 vacant positions. Additionally, the Council approved the use of two funds to help balance the budget and address the projected revenue decreases:
There are no layoffs or employee concessions (salary or benefit decreases) included in the recently adopted FY 2020/21 budget except for the voluntary reductions made by the City Manager.
No, the PRS Department is not being eliminated in the FY 2020/21 Budget. As Napa prepares for the August retirement of its current Parks & Recreation Director, John Coates, the City has decided to shift administrative duties to address the impending vacancy. The department will remain intact, with day to day operations continuing under the supervision of Recreation Manager Katrina Gregory, and Parks & Urban Forestry Manager Jeff Gittings. Following Coates’ retirement, general oversight of the Parks & Recreation Department will fall to Vin Smith, Director of Community Development.
City staff will constantly monitor financial information impacting the budget. The Finance Department will bring monthly updates to Council, at the second meeting of each month. The City will release information frequently to employees and the community via social media, the Napa News email newsletter, and the City’s website.
The Finance Department will begin reviewing the fiscal policies in July 2020 and will bring proposed amendments to Council in Fall 2020.