Increasing costs from regulation and new legislation affect the fiscal health of the City and reduce the level of funds available for other community priorities. In just a few years, the City’s visibility and influence within the region and on the state and federal level have increased, opening the door to greater engagement and conversation with decision-makers. The City Council has set a legislative platform that focuses on preserving local control, providing financial flexibility, preventing unfunded mandates, and protecting local sales tax and property tax revenues. To that end, each city department has identified key areas of concern--from sound public utilities to public safety--that staff monitors to ensure the City’s legislative platform is recognized among policymakers.
One of the highest priority efforts in FY2014-15 will focus on the reliability of Roseville’s water supply. To ensure Roseville’s water reliability, the focus remains on regulatory change and water infrastructure investment. Roseville continues to take a proactive stance on issues such as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Delta Flow Standards, and the operation of Folsom Dam to ensure that our community’s and our rate payers’ interests are protected and promoted in ensuring water reliability.
As part of the legislative platform, the City opposes any position where its financial flexibility is hindered or its budget is adversely affected by a new cost. This is a significant factor in the advocacy efforts related Roseville’s municipal utilities, and is also the reason the City is monitoring legislation related to the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds at the federal level, the requirement of installing new sidewalk ramps for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to the routine maintenance resurfacing of city streets, and the way development is funded. The interpretation of new state legislation related to environmental quality, transit-oriented infill projects, and streamlining for environmental leadership development projects is another significant focus. The interpretation of applying legislation to all areas, not just infill, and eliminating tools used to measure environmental impact in CEQA documents could jeopardize an important funding source for new development in Roseville, appearing to be an unintended consequence of legislation.
To increase effectiveness of the City’s efforts in these areas and others, the City works extensively with regional coalitions, forums, alliances, and established organizations such as Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the SacMetro Chamber of Commerce, the California Municipal Utilities Association and the Water Forum, along with ad hoc groups developed to address concerns with specific legislation.
The City Council’s only standing committee, the Law & Regulation Committee just completed its first year, offering another way people can be informed about issues affecting the Roseville community from a state and federal level. An e-newsletter launched this past year covers legislative advocacy efforts and is available by signing up on the City’s website. An active citywide government relations team provides a forum to address issues that cross multiple business lines among City departments. Informing and involving the community and regional partners in key areas of concern strengthen the City’s legislative advocacy efforts.