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File #: 19-572    Name:
Type: Staff Report Status: Consent Calendar
File created: 6/18/2019 In control: Special City Council
On agenda: 6/26/2019 Final action: 6/26/2019
Title: Report regarding a resolution approving a comprehensive plan to address long-term pension obligations. (Christina Crosby, Interim Director of Finance)
Attachments: 1. Attachment 1 - General Fund Tax Revenue, 2. Attachment 2 - General Fund Expenditures by Department, 3. Attachment 3 - General Fund Expenditures by Type, 4. Attachment 4 - Historical & Projected Pension Contributions, 5. Attachment 5 - CalPERS ROI 1994-95 to 2017-18, 6. Attachment 6 - Schedule of Amortizaton Bases, 7. Attachment 7 - General Fund 10-year Forecast - No Additional Contributions, 8. Attachment 8 - General Fund 10-year Forecast $1M contribution to CalPERS, 9. Attachment 9 - General Fund 10-year Forecast $1M contribution to pension trust, 10. Attachment 10 - Comprehensive Plan to Address Long-Term Pension Obligations
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Report regarding a resolution approving a comprehensive plan to address long-term pension obligations. (Christina Crosby, Interim Director of Finance)

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RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
It is recommended that the City Council adopt a resolution approving a comprehensive plan to address long-term pension obligations.

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BACKGROUND
In Fiscal Year 2017-18 the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury issued a report, "Soaring Pension Costs - Time for Hard Choices." The report recommended that cities develop a financial plan to address rising pension costs. At a special City Council meeting on April 9, 2019, Finance Department staff presented a financial review of the City, including the escalating cost of pensions, and recommended options the City could take to begin addressing escalating pension costs.

DISCUSSION
Like other general law cities of its kind, the City of South San Francisco (City) obtains the majority of its funding through taxes to provide services to the community. The City's primary taxes are property tax, sales tax, and transient occupancy tax (TOT), all of which are accounted for in the City's General Fund. The General Fund serves as the City's primary operating fund, and as such, is the primary focus of the study session.

Major Revenues
Property Tax
Since 1978, the property tax framework has been guided by Proposition 13, which includes the following principal tenets:
1. Annual property tax assessment is limited to one percent (1%) of the assessed value (AV) of land and improvements.
2. Annual increase in assessed value is limited to no more than two percent (2%).
3. Allocation of the 1% property tax between public entities is largely static. In San Mateo County, on average, school districts receive 43 percent, the County receives 26 percent, and local municipalities receive 18 percent. In other words, for every dollar paid in property tax, local cities receive $0.18.
4. Property is reappraised to current full value immediately upon...

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