SAN MATEO -- The City Council will consider what to do with an unexpected budget surplus and other priorities at a strategy session Monday.
City staffers are seeking the council's guidance as they put together a three-year business plan. Topics at the special meeting will include San Mateo's financial forecast, individual council members' policy goals and capital improvements.
San Mateo's financial picture has improved along with the economy. The city is projected to wrap up the fiscal year with a $5.9 million surplus thanks mostly to soaring property tax revenues. That will likely come on top of $1.75 million left over from the 2012-13 fiscal year.
Part of Monday's discussion will center on which capital-improvement projects should benefit from the surplus. There are various possibilities such as street repairs, rehabilitation of city facilities and flood-control improvements in the North Shoreview neighborhood.
In advance of the meeting, council members have each written out their policy objectives, a list of more than 20 ideas that include a master plan for revamping Central Park, improving North B Street, creating more downtown gathering spots, and boosting water conservation.
The council will also deliberate whether to raise staff levels, particularly in the Community Development Department.
The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Oak Room of the San Mateo Main Library.