2011 was a year for consolidating gains and preparing for the opportunities still ahead.
But, it was also the year Monrovians began to feel the impact of the current economy on civic services. Declining sales and property tax revenues over the past several years, coupled with millions of dollars lost to the State of California as it raided local treasuries, has resulted in four years of financial retrenchment. Personnel and services have had to be trimmed and trimmed again.
The City of Monrovia continues to live within its means. The financial challenges of this past year were met by the City Council and staff with a mix of innovation, reorganization, sacrifice and citizen participation. City budgets are balanced, but there are fewer employees now to fill potholes and process building permits; fewer dollars for recreational services, new equipment, blight reduction or infrastructure maintenance. While Police and Fire services have not been significantly impacted - fiscal responsibility and public safety top the City Council's list of budgetary priorities, and always have - those budgets, too, have felt the cutbacks.
Yet, the many civic gains of the past decade have provided Monrovia with a solid foundation for weathering the current economy. - continued -Click here to read the 2011 Annual Report in its entirety.