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Founded Since 1918
THE CITY VISION
The City of Manteca is a thriving city with a small town feel whose heart is rooted in family values, patriotic tradition, and community service. Our community embraces diversity, innovation, and recreation.
We are the Family City.
THE CITY GOVERNMENT
The City of Manteca was incorporated in 1918 as a general law city and operates under the council-manager form of government. The four members of the City Council and Mayor, who is separately elected, are elected at-large for four-year staggered terms.
Manteca is a full-service city with a General Fund budget of $45 million and a total budget of $180 million with a full-time staff of 384. All department leaders are appointed by the City Manager. City departments include Public Works, Finance, Fire, Police, and Engineering.
In 2019, the City Council identified fiscal stability as a top priority for the year. To address this, the City has taken a number of actions, including increasing City contributions to CalPERS. As of now, the General Fund budget fully funds all Reserves as established by the Council adopted Fund Balance Reserve Policy.
This is an exciting time to be in Manteca. Known as the “Crossroads of California” due to its location between the Bay Area and Sacramento region, Manteca is in the midst of evolution, both within the walls of City Hall and throughout the community. The City continues to preserve its “small-town” atmosphere and live up to its designation of “The Family City”, yet it is also welcoming progress and modernization.
Sitting seventy-five miles southeast of San Francisco and approximately sixty miles south of Sacramento, Manteca’s location has spurred rapid population growth, transitioning the City from a farming town to a bedroom community populated by Silicon Valley and Sacramento commuters. People move to Manteca for its quieter pace, lower cost of housing and focus on families. With a current population of over 83,000, Manteca is attracting new residents every day with its sixty-two neighborhood and community parks, public library, municipal golf course, thirteen elementary schools, four high schools and adult education school. Offering both rural and suburban living in its 20.9 square miles, the City provides a balance of diverse housing options, with the average sale price of three- and four- bedroom homes at approximately $365,000.
Manteca’s prime location along Highway 120 – a major east-west connector from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park – and Highway 99 – one of California’s longest north-south connector freeways – makes this community an ideal location for all types of development. The City has already proven its capabilities to support businesses with large-scale developments such as the Big League Dreams sports park and Stadium Center shopping mall. Recently Great Wolf Lodge has constructed a massive new entertainment facility that will be a gateway project for several new commercial development initiatives. Middle class jobs are growing, too, with the reopening of an old cheese factory by an Ireland-based food processor.
Manteca is actively investing in the community. In 2019, the Public Works department secured more than $23 million in grants to fund improvements like the SR210/McKinley interchange, Main Street improvements, fiber optic installation, new CNG street sweepers and California’s first diverging diamond interchange at Union/120. The City is in the midst of constructing a new Fire Station, has started a new phase of development in its new City Hall construction project, and is continuously maintaining its park and recreation facilities.