Summer 2016 is upon us and Menifee continues to thrive and grow. The city’s new official population is 89,004 residents, a 2.9 percent increase over last year!
As we welcome more neighbors to the city, Menifee is quite literally building community, as you can see from the construction all around town. Motorists survived the “Menifee Merge” this spring so contractors could begin constructing the new, larger Newport Road/I-215 overpass. Multiple buildings and commercial centers are under construction, too, as city staff works to bring residents and visitors new restaurants, shopping options, attractions and amenities. The city recently broke ground on the first city-owned and built Fire Station in the Sun City neighborhood. The Town Center Marketplace shopping center at Newport and Haun Roads is set to open this summer and work on the Shops at The Lakes on Newport and Laguna Vista Roads is underway as well.
Menifee Matters - Summer 2016
In addition to physical growth, residents may notice a stronger sense of community pride: More people are enjoying the city’s special events; the parks are bustling with barbeques, parties and kids playing; and more people than ever before (400!) volunteered at the spring Menifee Better Together event. The Community Services Department has an exciting line-up of summertime events and activities planned for the entire family (see page 8). Join the fun and stop by the city’s special event booth to say hello.
Menifee is headed in the right direction; however, current general fund expenditures will outpace revenue projections starting this upcoming fiscal year. This equates to no new police officers in the next year. We will continue to do our best with what we have, but are concerned about our upcoming revenue shortfall. Our lost Vehicle License Fee (VLF) of over $4 million per year, taken away by the Governor, is severely impacting our ability to make necessary traffic, street, pothole and infrastructure improvements.
Even with our financial challenges, it is both humbling and exciting to be part of a new community, shaping and defining itself for generations to come.