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Balance The Lompoc City Budget With This Interactive Tool

Post Date:02/20/2019 11:52 AM

Community invited to use the resource and take a survey to provide input


LOMPOC, CA, Feb. 20, 2019 – The City of Lompoc is launching an interactive budgeting tool that enables Lompoc residents to assist in balancing the city budget.

As the City of Lompoc prepares its 2019-2021 biennial budget, the city invites community members to make adjustments to its projected budget using the budgeting tool, and then provide feedback via an online survey.

The budgeting tool includes funding information for various city departments and services, as well as city funding to outside agencies, savings from vacant positions, and an option to add revenue enhancements. Those using the budgeting tool are able to add and subtract funding for various areas in order to balance the city’s projected budget.

Lompoc City Manager Jim Throop said that with the city’s budget shortfall, involvement of the community is particularly important while navigating Lompoc’s future. The shortfall is in large part due to public safety costs exceeding discretionary revenues, leading to a reduction in service levels.

“The City of Lompoc belongs to our community, and we want our citizens to look closely at the budget situation we’re in, to understand why, and to provide us with their insight and feedback as we move forward with our biennial budget,” Throop continued.

“We developed this budgeting tool to be as easy-to-use and informative as possible, and we hope our community members find it valuable as we work together to create the best possible Lompoc.”

Clickable information tabs provide insight to impacts of the choices selected, and give those taking the survey additional information to consider.

The budget tool is available HERE, and is expected to remain available throughout the budget process. Clicking “enable editing” might be required to manipulate the tool, which should be saved to a computer and kept on hand for the survey portion. Access to the interactive tool and survey is also available at the Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave.

Taking the interactive budgeting tool survey is the second component of the tool, as city administrators want to know what recommendations are suggested as a result of the tool.

Community members are encouraged to take the survey at Lompoc Interactive Budgeting Tool Survey, after the interactive budgeting tool is explored. 

The survey results will be considered by city staff and Lompoc City Council as they formulate the 2019-2021 budget.

Any issues or questions regarding the interactive tool or survey may be directed to s_scroggin@ci.lompoc.ca.us or 805-875-8278.


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