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Big Budget Decrease Planned for 1997-98

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A review of the city’s proposed $73.8-million budget for fiscal 1997-98 will begin Monday and continue through the week.

This year’s budget represents a $12.9-million decrease from 1996-97’s $86.76-million spending plan, the reduction coming from a 69.7% decrease in spending for capital improvements such as street repairs.

The operating budget--money used to pay for police, fire and most other services--is projected to rise 3.4% to $67.2 million.

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The proposal allocates $126,000 for new police cars, park ranger vehicles and a community relations van; $525,000 in increased overtime for the Fire Department; $65,000 for tree trimming in city parks; and about $600,000 in salary increases for employees.

The City Council will review the budget at 4 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 1-A, at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in council chambers and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 1-A. Final adoption is set for 6:30 p.m. June 16 in council chambers.

All meetings are at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive.

Information: (714) 754-5221.

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