Palo Alto officials will consider ways to pay for infrastructure repairs and get their first look at the proposed city budget for 2013 at a special retreat Monday afternoon.
The meeting, which will begin at 5 p.m. at City Hall, will be the City Council's third retreat focused on infrastructure, a topic that emerged as a major priority with the release last year of a long-awaited report detailing the city's infrastructure needs. The 17-member Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Task Force estimated that the city has an infrastructure backlog of $41.5 million, a list that includes building repairs and fixes to local parks, streets and sidewalks.
On March 26, the council considered possible bond measures that would help fund some of these repairs, including a possible increase to the city's sales tax, transient-occupancy tax or utility-users tax. The council has until July to decide whether to place a tax measure on the November ballot. It will discuss its options at today's retreat.
The council will also see for the first time City Manager James Keene's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1. Keene's budget presentation will kick off a series of budget hearings by the council's Finance Committee and the full council, which is set to adopt the budget on June 18.
The council is not scheduled to take any action on the proposed budget tonight.