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Proposed Budget Has Funds to Add Officers

The city is expected to hire six police officers as part of a $607-million budget package that will be considered tonight by the City Council.

The proposed 1998-99 budget calls for 2,030 full-time employees, including the additional officers, who will bring the sworn force to 400. Since 1990-91, the city has hired 60 police officers.

Other proposed positions include adding four nonsworn support staff members for the Fire Department and seven employees in other departments. Ten jobs in the Public Utilities Department and two at the convention center are slated for elimination.

The spending plan includes a $149.3-million general-fund budget, a 2.6% increase over this fiscal year. The proposed operating budget is slightly higher because of cost increases for police and fire labor, the new Downtown Community Center and inspections associated with the Disneyland expansion. The city, however, will be reimbursed for the inspection costs.

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As part of the budget plan, the council will consider several fee increases, including raising parking rates at the convention center and increasing green fees and cart rentals at the two public golf courses.

A budget workshop will be held at 2 p.m. today in the council chambers, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd. The council will consider adopting the budget at its 5 p.m. session.

Information: (714) 765-5166.


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