City Manager Al C. Boling
City Manager's Update - Autumn 2015
It has been an extraordinary summer in the City of Ontario and I am pleased to provide you with an overview of just a few of the successful events and projects as envisioned by your City Council.
On June 17, 2015, the Ontario Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16. The total overall budget of $491,951,228 was balanced without the use of any reserves or one-time monies. Moreover, the budget provides funding to support high quality public safety and municipal services, maintenance and expansion needs of the City’s infrastructure and facilities, and the investment and reinvestment of City resources into the community.
A major component of the City’s budget was the continued allocation of support for the transfer of Ontario International Airport to local control under the Ontario International Airport Authority. This investment is critical as the passenger count fell from 7.2 million in 2007 to 3.9 million in 2013. This represents total economic damage of $3.6 billion and 10,700 fewer jobs. We continue to use all legal, legislative, and political means to expedite a transfer of the Airport.
Despite the difficulty in finding flights at Ontario International Airport, 38,280 attendees from all over the world enjoyed the region’s milestone Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, now known as the “Premier Bluegrass Festival on the West Coast.” The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, overseen by the City of Ontario, booked 23 bands for the three day event (June 12 - June 14) that featured world class acts including a performance by actor/comedian Steve Martin. The event infused $7.1 million into the local economy and helped secure 2,257 room nights at area hotels. Next year’s event will take place on June 10-12, 2016; and more information is available online at www.HuckFinn.com.
Additional world famous events are right around the corner. Downtown Ontario will host the third annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion from September 18 – 20, and will feature thousands of classic cars and over 200,000 attendees. This event gives our community an opportunity to showcase Downtown Ontario’s new Town Square, showcase car enthusiast vendors, and welcome world class musical entertainment suitable for the entire family. To register your vehicle or obtain additional information, please visit www.Route66CruisinReunion.com.
Finally, this Fall I invite all of you to explore Downtown’s newest feature, the Ontario Civic Center Community Conservation Park. This 1.3 acre site on the south side of Ontario City Hall has been designed to educate the community about the benefits of conservation through interactive features and sustainable park amenities. Interactive structures will include a sun clock, play garden, artistic windmill, rock climbing play equipment, fossil digs, garden playhouse, butterfly garden, Ontario water history display and an outdoor education amphitheater. This three million dollar project has been entirely funded by a grant from the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program and advances our commitment to making the Civic Center a model for sustainability and ingenuity. This is the first such open space in the region, and I look forward to seeing you there.
Be sure to visit the City of Ontario’s website at www.ontarioca.gov and the City’s new Arts and Culture website at www.ontarioarts.org for a complete listing of upcoming events and programs offered in the City of Ontario.