The Paso Robles City Council heard a financial forecast from the city Tuesday night that presented estimates for "small surpluses each year" to the city's general fund, bringing approximately $3.7 million in added revenue through 2016 if the economy recovers as expected, City Manager Jim App said Wednesday.
The council also confirmed a list it set earlier this year on which city services to backfill. The list includes contributions to police and fire, road maintenance, the city's finance and human resources departments and the library. The city anticipates that about $1 million should be left over in 2016 after these additions are made. The funding to shabby streets — a major public concern — specifically will increase road maintenance by adding a two-man crew to patch and seal cracks and do related roadwork in town, according to the city.
Public Works, which has seen a 49 percent cut in staff since 2009, has determined through a past study that in order to bring city roads up to 80 percent new — the council's goal — it would require a one-time payment of $80 million. After that, an additional $3.2 million would be needed in annual upkeep. The city currently doesn't have a method in place to fund that improvement.