"In the past, the City has indicated to some, if not all, of these groups that funding would likely be discontinued in the future and that the group should work to find other funding sources. A summary follows:
Library JPA (extra hours) $75,000
Pacifica Resource Center $83,000
Chamber of Commerce (visitor center) $10,000
Pacifica Beach Coalition $3,000
The recommended budget under discussion tonight does not include funding for these organizations next year. Each of these group’s services are highly valuable to the community and this recommendation is no reflection on the quality of the services or activities they provide nor the appreciation that the City has for their efforts -- it’s just a result of our limited resources. All the organizations have been alerted that their funding would be discussed during the budget process." (May 12, page 220: COUNCIL AGENDA)
Pacifica Resource Center's funding represents approximately .003 percent of the General Fund. That's three one-thousandths of the fund. Yet the city has large pension bond obligations, and it plans to borrow money from the sewage treatment plant enterprise fund, designated for plant replacement, in the form of a loan, to refinance some of this debt.
It seems creative financing is good for the city's work force -- why isn't it good for the public?
Pacifica has a 24 percent poverty rate. The Resource Center is able to leverage the $83,000 contribution from the city more than six times over from other funders, due largely to legitimacy gained from municipal support.
A budget cut to the Resource Center will affect thousands of people here. The bonds that the city is refinancing might affect a couple of hundred people.
What is the purpose of government, and whom does it really serve?