City Council OKs $25-Million Budget

A $25-million citywide spending plan for next fiscal year was adopted by the City Council this week and included a last-minute addition of $12,500 to the local Boys & Girls Club.

Last year, the city gave the financially ailing club $25,000 to help pay for operating expenses.

Councilwoman Carol Downey suggested the city help the club again, since it is still struggling. The club offers programs and services for low-income youth.

"To me this is an investment in the young people of our community," Downey said.

The final budget, effective July 1, includes a $17.4-million general-fund spending plan, representing a 2.2% increase, or $367,665 more than last year. The operating budget does not provide for salary increases or for adding employees.

Cost increases include spending more than $128,000 for earthquake upgrades to the Civic Center and fire stations and for updates to the city's financial management computer system.

Fire and paramedic services provided by contract through the Orange County Fire Authority also increased $101,195, or 3.4%.

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