Category: City Finances

Latest Cupertino Budget Updates: January 2024

The January 17, 2024 City Council meeting to discuss potential budget cuts (“Service-Level Reductions (SLRs)”) revealed a bloated budget, long-standing accounting errors, and further confirmed out-of-control spending. There were no significant staffing reductions or cutbacks for City employees. A Closer Look at Service Level Reductions Remarkably, over $2.2M of the proposed Service Level Reductions were […]

No Money, No Problem: Cupertino to Pursue Costly New City Hall, Despite Lack of Funding

On October 17th, 2023, a heavily-debated topic was presented at the Cupertino City Council meeting: whether or not the City should tear down and rebuild its City Hall. In order to fund the construction of a new City Hall, Council considered building high-density housing on City-owned properties, such as the current City Hall, Community Hall, and […]

Cupertino Anticipates Financial Deficit – Impacts Remain Unknown

Cupertino financial woes got a reality check when last-ditch efforts at the governor’s office failed to save its lucrative tax revenue sharing agreement with Apple. On October 17, 2023, staff proposed to set aside a $56.5M sales tax reserve, further worsening Cupertino’s impending budget deficit. Background Since 1998, Apple has assigned Cupertino as its point-of-sale […]

Budget Cuts to Hit Cupertino’s Park Maintenance, Pavement Quality, Community Events, and Capital Improvements

The City of Cupertino forecasts a $23.9M deficit from 2023-24. While Mayor Wei, Councilmember Fruen and Vice Mayor Mohan are fixated on persecuting elected officials they disagree with, our serious budgetary issues have gone unattended, which will result in cutbacks to services and personnel in all areas of the City. Here’s how the City plans […]

Cupertino City Hall: Renovate for $28M or Build New for $72M?

Structural Analysis Reports for our city hall confirm that the nearly 60-year-old structure does not meet current building standards; it needs to be retrofitted for seismic safety. City hall’s current configuration–with its main floor dominated by a room that hosted city council meetings before community hall was completed in the early 2000s–and outdated HVAC and […]

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