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Fullerton : Expansion of Airport High on Budget Agenda

Expansion of the Fullerton Airport property and park improvements are two items included in the city’s proposed 1985-86, $62.2-million budget scheduled for a public hearing today.

Proposed allocations for the projects to be discussed today total $9.8 million, or $3.4 million more than was appropriated during 1984-85. Of that $3.4 million, $2.4 million is recommended for the airport project, according to the budget report.

The Fire Department doesn’t expect any significant program changes for next year, Fire Chief Ron Coleman told council members during the first public hearing on the budget Monday afternoon. The Police Department proposes to hire an additional jailer, place more efforts in programs to develop leadership and management skills among police supervisors and continue efforts to computerize the department’s records.

Council members also will consider whether to spend $74,840 for a liability risk management program--a response to the spiraling costs of claims and insurance costs. Since last year, Fullerton’s insurance premium jumped about 425%, from $40,000 to $250,000 per year, Assistant City Manager Chris Meyer said. The proposed program is geared to identify potential problems before they become suit or claim material, Meyer said.

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A $9.4-million allocation is proposed for the city’s Redevelopment Agency.

During today’s public hearing, council members are scheduled to consider departmental budgets, including those for maintenance and operations, City Council, manager, clerk and attorney.


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