Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Walnut Creek's Enviable "State"

Walnut Creek's enviable 'State'

By Dana Guzzetti, Correspondent, Contra Costa Time

WALNUT CREEK -- The state of the city is pretty solid with folks who live here, it appears.

"Walnut Creek residents are overwhelmingly satisfied with our quality of life," Mayor Cindy Silva said as part of a lengthy 2013 "State of the City" presentation at the Lesher Center for the Arts during which she shared city accomplishments and challenges. She cited a city-commissioned report. "Ninety-six percent say the quality of life is excellent or good."

She praised the four-year effort of past councils, city employee concessions and volunteers in balancing the city's $135.5 million 2012-14 budget with no General Fund debt and $9.9 million in reserves.

"Fiscal sustainability is the city council's number one priority," Silva said while warning of unfunded state and federal mandates that cost $11 million last year (includes CalPERS adjustments).

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