CHICO, Calif. - Friday, city leaders and locals gathered at the State of the City.
Mayor Randall Stone spoke on the changes in the local economy, the need for affordable housing and homeless services. He also confirmed that city-wide housing prices are up by about 5 percent.
The transit occupancy tax after the Camp Fire is also sky-high, but the Mayor does not expect those numbers to stay that way.
Locals had mixed opinions on how things are going.
"We need to figure out a way to make this town grow and be a better town and I think these are people who are involved in trying to find the answer," said Bob Malowney, a Chico resident.
The Mayor says the city overcame an $8 million deficit and is now in the black at $19 million.
Given the impacts of the Camp Fire, Stone says he is asking the State for $6 million to boost public works and police services. He is also asking for $12 million for upgrading the traffic system.