'As frugal as we can': Nevada City to plan its financial future at May 20 budget meeting – The Union of Grass Valley

Local governments around the country are preparing for predicted mammoth-sized losses to revenue streams.

Grass Valley is expecting losses of around $290,500 to its general fund revenue this fiscal year, and another $650,000 in the 2020-21 fiscal year, as the state of California expects to run a $54.3 billion deficit after having accumulated a $21 billion surplus last year.

A loss in revenue might also be true for Nevada City, but some city administrators said they were not prepared to discuss the matter until after a May 20 meeting, when officials will thoroughly review the budget.

Nevada City Manager Catrina Olson did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Loree’ McCay, the city’s administrative services manager, said it would be irresponsible to speculate about the future of the city’s finances and staffing before next week’s meeting.

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“I really don’t think it’s healthy, and I don’t think it’s a good idea to put out ideas that aren’t gelled,” she said.

Despite not revealing a formalized plan, Nevada City Engineer Bryan McAlister said projects that have outside funding from the state or federal government will continue, including renovations being done to Commercial Street, the sidewalk on Searls Avenue as well as the Nevada Street bridge. Additionally, McAlister said wastewater and water treatment projects will continue because they are essential.

Larger projects that can hold off, said the city engineer, will likely have to be delayed.

“I just think we’d probably defer any major street rehabilitation projects for now until we get into next fiscal year, which starts July 1,” said McAlister.

Despite not knowing the full game plan yet, Nevada City Council members are preparing for frugality and conservative

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