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Fiscal year 2018/19 Proposed Budget released

City bracing for 2019/20 when expenses are projected to exceed revenues; with few exceptions, budget limits additional positions to those that are offset by revenues

Today Sacramento City Manager Howard Chan released a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2018/19 Proposed Budget, the City’s financial plan for the coming fiscal year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. General Fund operations and capital projects total $484 million – an increase of $25 million over last fiscal year’s general fund budget. The proposed budget supports 4,556 full-time positions.

“With prudent management of expenses and healthy revenue growth, we are fortunate to present a balanced budget,” said City Manager Howard Chan. “We are holding tight on adding on-going positions to the workforce as we know that shortfalls are coming next year with growing infrastructure costs, retirement costs and other post-employment benefit commitments.”

Measure U, the half-cent sales tax to restore services in Parks, Police and Fire Departments is also set to expire on March 31, 2019. City Council is expected to discuss options in the coming months to put a Measure U renewal on the November ballot.

Given growing pension costs, the City is only adding 22.79 critical full-time positions, with all but seven “paying for themselves” through increased revenues, and reimbursements from grants and other funding sources.

A top priority for City Council is a focus on helping Sacramento youth reach their fullest potential. Last year, the City launched the new Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment Department. The City is actively recruiting a Youth Policy Manager to synchronize policies and programs across all city departments.
More resources for overtime are proposed for the Police Impact Team, which provides support to the homeless population, as well as crime analysis technicians, and staff to assist with video production associated with the police department’s body-worn camera program.

Additionally, two managers are being added in the City Manager’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development. They will play important roles in the City’s redevelopment efforts of the Sacramento Railyards and Riverfront.

The additional resources are in line with our community’s priorities. The Mayor and City Council members held town hall discussions late last year and earlier this year to hear from the public on priorities. In addition to the town halls, nearly 2,000 online poll respondents felt that homelessness and affordable housing are the top concerns, with 77 percent identifying it as one of their top three priorities. This was followed by public safety at 68 percent, infrastructure and transportation improvements at 65 percent, economic development at 41 percent, youth services and programs at 30 percent and park improvements at 20 percent.

The budget will be discussed at the following City Council meetings at City Hall, 915 I Street:

  • Tuesday, May 8, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The budget is expected to be adopted on Tuesday, June 12, at the 5 p.m. City Council meeting.

Contact: Linda K. Tucker, (916) 808-7523,