Welcome to this Civenergy discussion of the future of the City of Davis! This discussion is here to help you understand the choices the City of Davis faces as it provides services to its citizens into the future. You can also share your thoughts about the City's choices. This discussion is designed to help you make better decisions about the City’s future.
In 2016 in response to citizen feedback and recommendations from the Finance and Budget Commission, City Staff has included a 20-year forecast of the City’s overall fiscal condition as part of the annual budget approval process. This comprehensive forecast looks at all future needs, including employee retirement expenses and maintenance/replacement of the City’s infrastructure (roads, buildings, parks, pools, etc.).
This discussion includes an interactive model containing all the information from the City’s forecast in, which allows each citizen to both understand the official City forecast, and also to explore scenarios different from the one the City has developed by varying individual assumptions in the interactive model. For a brief introduction to the model click HERE.
Right now, there are more forecasted expenses than there are forecasted revenues (revenues are mostly from taxes). More expenses than revenues means tough choices between competing needs, and the interactive forecasting model gives citizens/taxpayers a way to get a clear understanding of the tradeoffs associated with the City’s decision and service options. This Civenergy discussion thread provides a forum for citizens/taxpayers to share their thoughts about those tradeoffs.
This discussion and interactive model were developed by the Project Toto team: Jeff Miller, Matt Williams and Bob Fung. The team started as the Long-Range Forecast of City Needs and Revenues subcommittee of the Finance and Budget Commission for the City of Davis, and has transitioned its work to a nonprofit, nonpartisan public service organization.
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