Santa Monica to Assemble Task Force to Advise on Budget

August 5, 2019 7:56 AM
by Rick Cole

Every budget cycle represents an important opportunity to preserve our City fiscal sustainability and the next three biennial budgets represent an important inflection point for Santa Monica’s future. We are reaching out for broad involvement to assist in this effort.

Santa Monica’s current financial health is strong. Looking forward, however, our long-established ways of budgeting and making economic and operational projections face challenges. Traditional revenue streams are growing at a slower rate due to changes in the modern economy; pension costs are projected to increase significantly to address statewide unfunded public pension liabilities, and Santa Monica is not immune to impacts from national and global economic trends.

Above all, Santa Monica recognizes that profound technological, economic and demographic changes are reshaping our lives, affecting both the public and private sectors and rendering old ways of doing business and delivering services increasingly obsolete. 

These challenges and our focus on delivering the most effective services where they have the greatest impact are the impetus for our goal to create a 21st Century government that works better and costs less. 

I am assembling an 11-member Budget Task Force, comprised of six community members and five members from the city workforce, who will advise me on options and priorities for addressing budget shortfalls over the coming six years. I encourage you to get involved and invite you to apply to fill one of these seats.

Goals for the Budget Task Force include:

Task Force Application

I look forward to working with the Budget Task Force to make meaningful changes to our budget and create a sustainable city of wellbeing.

Rick Cole

Santa Monica City Manager

Qualifications for Budget Task Force Members

What will the Budget Task Force do?

After receiving an overview of the City’s budgetary framework, constraints and proposed budget efficiency/reduction measures, the Budget Task Force will evaluate ideas generated by City Departments and make recommendations for:

Process for Appointment

There are six (6) community member seats on the Budget Task Force. Interest to serve on the Budget Task Force must be provided to the City Manager by submitting an application. The City Manager will review all applications and select members based on their qualifications. The final list of appointees will be posted on

Key Dates

Meeting Details

The Budget Task Force will comply with and will operate in accordance with the Brown Act. The Budget Task Force will meet the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and are open to the public. Agendas, minutes and meeting location information will be posted on



Authored By

Rick Cole
City Manager