Local News in Brief : Budget Finally Approved

Five months into the fiscal year, Carson passed its budget in a 3-2 vote that split along factional lines.

The budget package approved this week is $1.4 million less than the original $26.7-million budget proposed in June, with $567,000 cut from the community development budget and $462,000 lopped off the parks and recreation budget.

City Council members Tom Mills and Sylvia Muise voted against the spending plan, saying they had been excluded from the budget process. Mills repeated an objection he had made Nov. 2 when voting against the budget, saying he wanted to hear a report from the council budget committee before voting.

Councilwoman Vera Robles DeWitt, a member of the budget committee, said Mills had received a report of all changes recommended by the budget committee.


Voting for the budget were Dewitt, Mayor Kay Calas and Councilman Michael Mitoma.

The budget approved Monday was based on expenditures in the 1986-87 fiscal year plus a 4% to 5% inflation factor. The budget committee is still working on a supplemental budget that will include new programs and personnel.