City Council Focuses on Defining Benicia’s Strategic Goals; Public Input VitalMarch 5, 2018
Benicia City Manager Lorie Tinfow recently announced two concurrent activities during March that could impact the focus, content, or direction of the “Five Strategic Goals/Issues” that the City of Benicia adopted several years ago. This process is incredibly important as our City leaders set goals and priorities.
Some, perhaps many, of PDB’s members were involved in earlier discussions that led to the past City Council’s historic adoption of Five Strategic Goals. These five issues are:
- Protecting Community Health and Safety
- Protecting and Enhancing the Environment
- Strengthening Economic and Fiscal Conditions
- Preserving and Enhancing Infrastructure
- Maintain and Enhance a high Quality of Life
These five goals were confirmed by City Council during its February 27, 2018 meeting. The next phase is implementing a Priority Based Budgeting process to identify and prioritize programs and projects, and allocate budget revenues consistent with the priorities established.
The City has launched a community survey to define each of the five goals. Starting tomorrow afternoon, Monday, March 5, please visit Benicia Town Hall and submit your survey responses. The survey will be available through the month until March 30.
The City will also be holding two community meetings to share more information about PBB and provide an alternative way to complete the survey. Meeting details will be announced soon. Additionally, the City will be sharing information with each of our boards and commissions during the month of March and reaching out to business organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce for an opportunity to present to their members.
First, City Council will be participating in a goal-setting workshop on March 9 and 10, held at the Community Center. Day one will start at 12:00 noon and focus on developing and strengthening working relationships between Council members and the City Manger. Day Two will start at 9:00 AM and involve the City’s executive staff with Council in developing a set of high priority projects and initiatives that will become our work plan for next year. Both days are open to the public.