Municipal Analysis: City of Chula Vista

Key Findings *Between Fiscal Year (FY) 1999 and FY 2009, average annual total General Fund inflows (revenues plus transfers in) increased 3.88%, while total General Fund outflows (expenditures plus transfers out) experienced average annual increases of nearly 4.78% during the same period. *The State of California plans to borrow $2 billion in property tax revenue from local governments this fiscal year. The City of Chula Vista expected to lose $4.5 million in FY 2010, and the City's redevelopment agency will have a loss of $4.2 million in FY 2010 and $855,797 in FY 2011. *At the end of FY 2009, the City had $8.7 million in usable, undesignated General Fund reserves and an additional $3 million in its contingency reserve. *Fiscal years 2004, 2006, and 2007 all saw double-digit property tax growth. This growth began to experience declines in FY 2009. *The City of Chula Vista's single largest General Fund expenditure is public safety. In FY 2009, public safety spending consumed 47.42% of the City's General Fund (not including transfers). While the City of Chula Vista's staffing has increased 17.09% between FY 1999 and FY 2009, population has increased 41.97%. *The City of Chula Vista's staffing level remained nearly constant between FY 2010 and FY 2011, with 1,005 full-time positions budgeted in FY 2010 and 1,004.75 budgeted for FY 2011. *When adjusting for inflation, the City's total pension costs have increased 190% between FY 1999 and FY 2009. *The City has governmental long-term debt amounting to $840.31 per capita.

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Rosey Williams