First,….. I would like to thank the City Council for having the confidence in me to be the Mayor of Calexico for this coming year. This coming year will be a challenge for Calexico in light of the current fiscal situation. Last week, we were presented with a true picture of our finances and it was not good. Last week we also approved a Budget that requires substantial cuts. That means that we are going to have to make adjustments and a lot of sacrifices in order to close the deficit gap and we must do so by August 1 st of this year. As our financial consultant Susan Meyers said last week, “We Must Reset”. I agree 100% and I am going to add to that and say, “WE MUST LOOK FORWARD AND MOVE FORWARD”.
Our City Council has DIRECTED our City ‘s Administration to develop strategies to close the deficit gap in the City’s General Fund for this coming year. Those strategies will involve making adjustments in how we make expenses, increasing revenues and asking our city employees to assist the city and make sacrifices in this difficult time. But, to our city employees …..I value your work and I personally will remember your help in time of need by the city. We will be working together to “MOVE OUR CITY FORWARD”…TO A BETTER TIME AND FINANCIAL SITUATION”
As Mayor, for this coming year, my intention is to work very hard with the City’s Administration to increase the city’s efforts to create more REVENUES and JOBS for our residents. We have a lot of local opportunities and partners that want to invest in our city and assist the city in “MOVING FORWARD”.
AS MAYOR FOR THIS YEAR, I WILL WORK VERY HARD TO INCREASE THE CITY REVENUES.
“LET’S MOVE FORWARD”
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
LUIS J. CASTRO
MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CALEXICO