Public Invited to Weigh in on 2014-15 Budget

The city will start holding its annual community budget meetings this week. The forums give residents a chance to weigh in on how they want to see public money divvied up in the coming fiscal year.

Before heading into the meetings, the public can read up on the city manager’s five-year budget forecast and the mayor’s initial March budget message recommendations (which the City Council approved last month).

City Manager Ed Shikada is expected to release his proposed 2014-15 operating budget later this week.

On top of the community meetings, the council will host budget sessions at City Hall throughout the coming month. Elected leaders will then share their budget proposals and Mayor Chuck Reed will release his final recommendations by the end of May. The final deadline to adopt a next-year budget is in June, before the end of the fiscal year.

Community Budget Meeting Schedule

Thursday, May 1
Roosevelt Community Center, 2nd Floor Classroom
901 E. Santa Clara St.
San José 95116
(District 3 w/ Councilmember Sam Liccardo)

Monday, May 5
Santa Clara Valley Water District, Board Room
5750 Almaden Expressway
San José 95118
(District 10 w/ Councilmember Johnny Khamis)

Tuesday, May 6
Southside Community & Senior Center
5585 Cottle Road
San José 95123
(District 2 w/ Councilmember Ash Kalra)

Wednesday, May 7
Berryessa Branch Library, Community Room
3355 Noble Ave.
San José 95132
(District 4 w/ Councilmember Kansen Chu)

Thursday, May 8
Mayfair Community Center, Chavez Hall
2039 Kammerer Ave.
San José 95116
(District 5 w/ Councilmember Xavier Campos)

Monday, May 12
Cypress Senior & Community Center
403 S. Cypress Ave.
San José 95117
(District 1 w/ Councilmember Pete Constant)

Monday, May 19
Camden Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
3369 Union Ave.
San José 95124
(District 9 w/ Councilmember Don Rocha)

Wednesday, May 21
Evergreen Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
4860 San Felipe Road
San José 95135
(District 8 w/ Councilmember Rose Herrera)

Wednesday, May 28
Tully Branch Library, Community Room
880 Tully Road
San José 95111
(District 7 w/ Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen)

Thursday, May 29
Bascom Community Center
1000 South Bascom Ave.
San José 95128
(District 6 w/ Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio)


  1. Every year this ridiculous charade of letting the taxpayers blow off a little steam and then passing a budget that fits the needs of the politicians and the interest groups who support their election.

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