Wednesday , March 3 2021

Apple Valley looks for budget committee members

Apple Valley is seeking people to serve on its new budget advisory committee.

The committee, which the town council voted to form Tuesday, will advise the council on where and how the town’s revenue should be spent, according to a statement on the town’s website.

The 15-member panel – 10 town residents and the five council members – will also discuss financial reports and the year’s revenue and expenditure projections.

Apple Valley has proposed major budget cuts to help balance the upcoming 2021-22 annual budget, mostly because of the damage done to the economy by COVID-19.

The High Desert town has already made deep financial cuts to defund the recreation department’s After School Activity Program, Day Camp, and Aquatics Center. Hiring freezes were also implemented. Other considerations not yet enacted include the closure of the municipal Apple Valley Golf Course, which would save an estimated half million dollars per budget year. 

“After the election, many residents expressed concern about what should and should not be cut,” said Mayor Curt Emick in the statement. “This committee, and the subsequent public budget workshops, will ensure that our residents and user groups have an opportunity to share their ideas about how we address this looming budget gap. I’m optimistic the community will come together to find solutions to these issues.”

Applications are due Feb. 5. Members will be appointed at the Feb. 9 Town Council meeting.

For more information, or to download an application, visit: www.av.town/CBAC

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