Facing serious budgetary challenges in recent years, the City of San Carlos responded with a financial strategy has earned it the prestigious Helen Putnam Award by the League of California Cities.
San Carlos won the award in the category of Internal Administration for its program titled "A Different Approach to the Budget: Cutting Costs & Adding Service."
According to a statement released by the League of California Cities, the city resolved a $3.5 million structural General Fund budget deficit and increased services to the public over an 18 month period. This was done in the areas of police, fire, parks maintenance and recreation services through a mix of shared services, contract services and becoming a Recreation Service Provider in partnership with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, and cities of Redwood City and Half Moon Bay.
Established in 1982, the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes outstanding cities that deliver the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible. The award is given annually in 11 categories.
The Helen Putnam Award for Excellence will be presented at the San Carlos City Council meeting on Mon., Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.