Every year the Town Council identifies their Strategic Priorities as an initial step in the budget development process. The Strategic Priorities discussion is an important opportunity for the community’s priorities to be reflected in the development of the coming years budget.
In January 2020, the Town Council determined the Strategic Priorities for 2020-2022, providing guidance to Town staff on workload prioritization. The Town Council reaffirmed its Core Goals, including: Community Character, Good Governance, Fiscal Stability, Quality Public Infrastructure, Civic Enrichment, and Public Safety. Even with the significant budgetary revisions required due to Covid-19, many of Council’s primary goals and priorities continue to be programed in the FY 2020-21 Operating and Capital Budgets.
Several Strategic Priorities are not one-time projects, but rather are ongoing commitments due to their critical significance in ensuring the Town’s fiscal and infrastructure stability and the safety and quality of life for Los Gatos residents, businesses, and visitors. These commitments include continuing to address the Town’s unfunded pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) obligations; developing Measure B transportation projects so the Town is positioned to receive its fair share of the funds; and fostering emergency preparedness and community resilience.
In terms of capital projects, the Town Council affirmed its interest in investing in bicycle and pedestrian improvements and implementing elements of the Comprehensive Parking Study. In addition to capital projects, the Council identified new policy priorities which include preparing for the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process and exploring regional transportation solutions to alleviate increased roadway congestion.
Other Strategic Priorities position the Town for its future. The Council continues the General Plan Update to engage the community in land use planning and policies to guide development for the next couple of decades. Other Priorities address State housing legal mandates and enhancing economic and community vitality. As the Town transitions from sheltering-in-place to the reopening of businesses, the significance of enhancing economic and community vitality are paramount.
The following illustrates the Strategic Priorities adopted for FY 2020-22. Some of these priorities were acted upon during FY 2019/20 and the remaining items are included in this Operating and Capital Budget for FY 2020/21.