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November 18, 2009 > Community Advisory Commission

Community Advisory Commission

At the November 4 meeting Councilmember Polanski gave her City Council liaison report to the Community Advisory Commission. She highlighted information from the up-to-date revenue report for fiscal year 2009 - 2010, first quarter ending on September 30.

City revenues are down almost 20% from the same time last year, much of it due to a decrease in transient occupancy tax (TOT), from hotels and motels. Building permits were down partly due to the fact that a lot of people have put things on hold, waiting for the economy to change. Property taxes were also down.

City staff has only utilized 23% of their budget, less than what would normally be utilized at this time. "Our staff, our departments have been doing a really good job of trying to cut corners and do saving" said Polanski.

The State will take $1.7 million from Milpitas property taxes which must be repaid within three years. However, Communities Development Authority ("California Communities") will assist the City in receiving proceeds from bonds. California Communities will buy the notes from the City, pay Milpitas back in two installments, sell bonds, and the State will pay them back in three years, at 2% interest.

The State is still planning to take $11.8 million from Milpitas Redevelopment Agency (RDA). These funds will not be paid back.

The CAC is looking into how the commission can participate in Arbor Day and Tree City USA. Senior Housing Specialist Gloria Anaya explained Arbor Day and Tree City USA programs. In order to be categorized as a Tree City USA a city has to celebrate Arbor Day. The next Arbor Day will be on Friday, April 30, 2010.

Councilmember Polanski explained that traditionally members of the CAC help City staff and other participants, such as Tree Amigos working with the non-profit organization Our City Forest, plant trees in Milpitas to celebrate Arbor Day.

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