The City of Dana Point Seeks Public Input on Proposed Budget Drafts

The City of Dana Point has released the draft budget for fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The proposed operating budget is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, new financial policies, and from the results of the 2018 Community Survey. An upcoming workshop will be held at the City Council meeting on May 21 for the public to provide input on the proposed budget.

The proposed budget is balanced and shows surpluses for both fiscal years. This surplus is due to the city council’s focus on efficiencies within city operations that include limiting the growth of staffing costs, improvements in projected revenues, and a focus on priority-based budgeting. The budget provides for expansion of outreach programs focused on reducing homelessness, a reduction in the number of executive management positions, and tackles unfunded pension liabilities. The budget fully funds the city’s police services and disaster preparedness functions and fully funds capital construction projects to maintain infrastructure and public facilities such as streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drains, and the community center.

The budget also outlines an initiative for a comprehensive update to the city’s General Plan that governs land uses. A General Plan update has not been completed in 30 years.

The Dana Point City Council may adopt the budget following the workshop during the City Council meeting scheduled for June 4. The drafts are also located on the city website at

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