Tulare is a full-service Charter City with more than 350 employees in the departments of Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Community Development, Public Works, General Services, Police, and Fire. Healthy revenue sources include good sales tax, a utility user’s tax and a 9½% local sales tax.
The City is governed by a five-member City Council elected by district. Adopted goals by the City Council include priorities in the areas of Public Health and Safety, Stewardship of Revenue and Assets, Quality of Life, and Community Governance and Communication. The City owns and operates its own water, sewer/pollution control, and solid waste municipal utility enterprises.
The City has a total budget of $102 million with an operating budget of $91 million and a capital improvement budget of $13 million. Stability is a keystone of Tulare having only four City Managers in close to 46 years. Like many local government agencies, the city has recruited and appointed its leadership team with the goal of continuously improving towards the goal of “excellence” in local government.
Situated in the Central San Joaquin Valley along Highway 99, just 47 miles south of Fresno and... 64 miles north of Bakersfield, our mid-state location benefits businesses needing same-day access to key California markets as well as residents seeking recreational opportunities in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east and the spectacular California coastline to the west.