First,â€¦.. I would like to thank the City Council for having the confidenceÂ in me to be the Mayor of Calexico for this coming year. Â This coming year will be a challenge for Calexico in light of the currentÂ fiscal situation. Last week, we were presented with a true picture ofÂ our finances and it was not good. Last week we also approved aÂ Budget that requires substantial cuts. That means that we are going toÂ have to make adjustments and a lot of sacrifices in order to close theÂ deficit gap and we must do so by August 1 st of this year.Â As our financial consultant Susan Meyers said last week, â€œWe MustÂ Resetâ€. I agree 100% and I am going to add to that and say, â€œWE MUSTÂ LOOK FORWARD AND MOVE FORWARDâ€.
Our City Council has DIRECTED our City â€˜s Administration to developÂ strategies to close the deficit gap in the Cityâ€™s General Fund for thisÂ coming year. Those strategies will involve making adjustments in howÂ we make expenses, increasing revenues and asking our city employeesÂ to assist the city and make sacrifices in this difficult time. Â But, to our city employees â€¦..I value your work and I personally Â will remember your help in time of need by the city. Â We will be working together to â€œMOVE OUR CITY FORWARDâ€â€¦TO AÂ BETTER TIME AND FINANCIAL SITUATIONâ€
As Mayor, for this coming year, my intention is to work very hard withÂ the Cityâ€™s Administration to increase the cityâ€™s efforts to createÂ more REVENUES and JOBS for our residents. We have a lot of localÂ opportunities and partners that want to invest in our city and assist theÂ city in â€œMOVING FORWARDâ€.
AS MAYOR FOR THIS YEAR, I WILL WORK VERY HARD TO INCREASE THE CITY REVENUES.
â€œLETâ€™S MOVE FORWARDâ€
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
LUIS J. CASTRO
MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CALEXICO