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Council OKs Funds for Several Projects

During budget deliberations this week, Ventura City Council members approved a series of one-time expenditures to support a variety of city projects and services.

The council also agreed to bring several other requests back for consideration later this month after city staff members identified possible funding sources. Among other actions, the council agreed to:

* Spend $15,000 to maintain the lights on palm trees in downtown Ventura. Council members asked city planners to find a place in the budget that could be cut to pay for it.

* Stop providing lifeguard services at Marina Park, for a savings of $74,120 next year.

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* Establish a $4,200 travel budget for members of the Planning Commission and Community Affairs Commission to attend conferences.

* Pay off a $4.7-million obligation to a city retirement fund established several years ago.

* Spend $50,000 on a program to attract sporting events to Ventura. The seed program was proposed by the city’s Tourism and Special Events Committee and the Community Affairs Commission.

* Spend $100,000 on a campaign to be launched by the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau designed to attract more tourists to Ventura.

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The council also agreed to provide money for continuing library services, although a specific amount was not determined Monday night.


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