If things do not change soon, the city of El Centro will face serious problems within the next few years.
The city government, despite cutting scores of positions in recent years, will be spending nearly $1 million more than it takes in this year. Ensuing years will get even worse. And this is not a case of a fat and indulgent government entity living lavishly. This is the case of a city facing unfortunate circumstances that are going to be even more unfortunate in the near future.
City Manager Abdel Salem has been going around to city service clubs, other community groups and city leaders and explaining the circumstances the city of El Centro faces. Those circumstances include limitations on property tax collections connected to Proposition 13, an incrementally growing retail community and home construction that is slow although expecting an upward swing in the future, and even that is a mixed bag when it does come.