Governor Brown signs bill returning funds to county’s newest cities

Governor Brown signs bill returning funds to county’s newest cities

JURUPA VALLEY – Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will restore millions of dollars in revenue taken away from four cities in Riverside County and used to pay for public safety realignment programs. “With this bill, millions of tax dollars will flow to benefit the people of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar,” Brown said […]

Temecula City Council prioritizes new revenue

TEMECULA – In a midyear budget workshop, Jan. 26, the Temecula City Council prioritized spending of expected Measure S revenue for three months. Measure S, passed by the voters in November, is a new 1 percent sales tax effective April 1. It is estimated that Measure S will generate $5.75 million for the remaining three […]

Menifee experiences sales tax gain during second quarter for 2016

MENIFEE – Menifee’s second quarter sales tax revenues outpaced the prior year’s results, providing a key indicator of a continued strong and expanding economy. The city’s sales tax revenues from April, May and June 2016 climbed 10.6 percent overall and increased 7.6 percent excluding aberrations, when compared with the same quarter in 2015. “This substantial […]

Temecula officials link quality of life to sales tax increase vote

A coalition of Temecula officials and business leaders say their city’s future quality of life hinges on the outcome of a proposed sales tax increase that anchors the Nov. 8 general election ballot. However, that pitch and lopsided campaign spending have not swayed a cadre of vocal foes. Other residents and business owners remain on […]

Lake Elsinore is ‘Fit for the Future’

Lake Elsinore is ‘Fit for the Future’

In true Lake Elsinore fashion, the annual State of the City address kicked off with an “emoji” filled video, depicting each of the city council members as emoticons – otherwise known as smiley faces – commonly used in text messages, emails and on social media sites. The goal of the video was to show just […]

Governor’s veto of SB817 leaves cities holding the bag

Governor Jerry Brown last week, decided against approving SB817. The bill written by Senator Richard Roth and Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) would have restored Vehicle License Fees in the form of millions of dollars to Riverside County’s four newest cities, Menifee, Wildomar, Jurupa Valley and Eastvale. The bill cruised through the state Legislature, winning […]

Menifee adopts budget for 2015/2016 fiscal year

Menifee adopts budget for 2015/2016 fiscal year

Menifee City Council approved its budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year through the adoption of resolution June 15. City staff cut as many unnecessary funding items as possible in order to allow the city to function with what officials referred to as projected low revenue. In order to meet the deficit, council authorized $2.4 million […]

Menifee approves creation of Community Facilities Safety District

Menifee approves creation of Community Facilities Safety District

Jacob Preal Valley News Intern Menifee City Council continued discussion on methods to increase revenue in the city April 20, deciding to approve the creation of a Public Safety Community Facilities Safety District and ask staff to return May 15 to further advise Council on the possibility of ballot measure proposals for both a city […]

Murrieta’s increasing revenues bring city operating budget adjustments

Murrieta’s increasing revenues bring city operating budget adjustments

With Murrieta’s economy continuing to recover from the 1980s recession and city revenues increasing, the City Council made $1,728,601 in midyear adjustments to its operating budget at the Feb. 16 council meeting. The staff report prepared by Murrieta Finance Manager Londa Helms and approved by City Manager Rick Dudley reported, “The City is continuing to […]