By Eduardo Montesino, Watsonville Mayor
It is unfortunate that misinformation has led some members of the public to believe the City of Watsonville may be in financial difficulty. The City started addressing budget issues and shortfalls over three years ago. After several public hearings and with the continued support of City employees, the Watsonville City Council adopted a balanced budget in June of this year. This budget contained no further reductions or cuts.
are a state-wide problem affecting many local governments. The particular issue affecting Watsonville is not a threat to our balanced budget. The City has an overall budget of $162 million and the required payment to the state represents approximately one percent. These issues are being addressed with the State in a completely competent and thorough manner and we expect it will be resolved without requiring further payments or penalties from the successor agency.