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Campbell State of the City Address Offers Good News

Campbell's Mayor Mike Kotowski addressed the Orchard City with a breakdown of the challenges in the last year, as well as hope for brighter roads ahead.

The State of the City address by Mayor Mike Kotowski took place at the Orchard City Banquet Hall Wednesday.

"Given that our budget has grown and our revenues are up, we can safely assume that the state of the city is positive," Kotowski said. "Improvements in our local economy indicate that we are recovering from this downturn in our economy and our future does appear to look brighter."

Kotowski offered insight to the role of the Campbell City Council, the City Manager's office, how the city has managed to do more with fewer employees and all the volunteers that give their time to the city: a total of more than 22,000 hours just last year or the equivalent of 11 full-time positions.

Highlights from the address include:

  • Employees took work furloughs, which cut their pay by 3.7 percent.
  • There will be an ongoing $700,000 deficit due to the , but a $700,000 surplus this year and next due to revenue increases will cover this.
  • Proposed operating budget for 2013 is $45.9 million.
  • Total city revenue for 2013 is estimated at $46.7 million, a increase of 3 percent from 2012.
  • City operating budget approved has grown by 4.2 percent and goes into effect July 1.
  • The city's five-year Capital Improvement Plan includes 17 funded projects, five of which are new this year totaling $19.6 million
  • The LEED Silver designation of the Orchard City Banquet Hall

"I want to thank all of you for helping Campbell be Campbell and now you know the rest of the story," Kotowski said.

Visit the city of Campbell's website to watch the archived video of the complete broadcast.

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ES June 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
The state of the city is not 'positive' when the council votes itself pay raises, while employees have to take furlough days. If volunteers are doing the work of 11 full time employees, that's not a good thing. The state of the city is: 'hanging on'.
Phil Reynolds, Jr. June 23, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Hello ES, I don't want to get into a back and forth discussion here, but I do feel the need to chime in on your comments, as I have first hand experience at what you are addressing. Let's start with the volunteers as that is what I do. In my opinion, I believe, what the Mayor was eluding to, was approximate man hours donated to the city by volunteers could add up to the equivalent to 11 full time employees. That does not mean that the volunteers are taking work away from 11 people. For all of the work to be done that all of those volunteers accomplish, it would take many more than just 11 people. I serve on the Planning Commission. My colleagues and I contribute many hours each month as volunteers on the commission. It is a labor of love and dedication for our city. I do know that some cities pay their commissioners and some don't. Campbell has never paid their commissioners and has never had a difficult task of finding volunteers for the job. I believe that if you were to ask the citizens of Campbell if all of the volunteers should be paid, my guess is that most citizens like it just the way it is. They tend to be a very happy bunch.
Phil Reynolds, Jr. June 23, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Part 2 Now, let's address the pay raise that the Council just voted for. It amount's to about $19.00 per month. If one were to analyze the amount of hours that our council members dedicate to their job of running a city, one would find that they are extremely below the scale of minimum wages set by the legislators in Sacramento. One would also find that most events the council members are expected to attend each month are paid for as out of pocket, non reimbursable expenses. That means the council members pay for themselves. After attending most of the events that they are invited to and expected to attend, as our representatives, that $19.00 raise really does not amount to anything. Hence, the elected officials of the Campbell City Council, pretty much volunteer their time serving our fine city. Again, if you were to poll the citizens, I believe that you would find that most folks like things just the way they are. People love Campbell ES, I hope, by now having a better understanding of everyone that contributes to our fine city, you will reconsider your opinion of Campbell just "hanging on". In my opinion, Campbell is in much better shape than many of our neighbors and keeping the staff employed and in some cases, even hiring.

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