Victorville

Green Tree Boulevard extension, 2013 accomplishments, SEC case also hot topics in State of the City
February 06, 2014 4:36 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Putting a further wedge between “Team Victorville” and past councils deluged by money woes, Councilman Jim Kennedy on Wednesday told attendees of the State of the City event that while the city isn’t flush with cash, it’s financially sound.

Approximately 300 Victorville Chamber of Commerce members and guests packed the conference center at the Hilton Garden Inn to hear a six-person panel of city officials — dubbed by Mayor Jim Cox as “Team Victorville” — address specific issues pertaining to the city.

On the heels of a second-quarter fiscal report, which this week showed on-target budget spending and increased city tax revenues, Kennedy reveled in telling the audience that “things are not only looking up anymore, they are up.”

The city reported a small budget surplus last summer only a few years after it had been faced with a $13.4 million deficit for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

“There are a lot of things we need to do,” Kennedy said, “but the only way we can do that is to ensure we’re on sound financial footing.”

Officials do have a few concerns, however, most recently regarding the planned Green Tree Boulevard Extension Project — the Victorville end of a corridor project that will connect with Apple Valley’s Yucca Loma Bridge.

The project calls for the construction of “a new road between Hesperia Road and Ridgecrest Road/Yates Road on the northwest border of the Spring Valley Lake community,” according to a staff report. It will “also construct a new bridge over the BNSF Railroad,” the staff report states.

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