Spending Plan Goes Before Council Today

A $2.7-million citywide spending plan for next year that includes major road projects and modest pay raises for city employees will be considered today by the City Council.

The proposed budget for 1998-99 includes $1.8 million for operations. City Manager Fred Maley said the proposal does not include increases in taxes, fees or service charges. Services will continue at present levels.

The $944,000 capital improvement budget includes the final phase of a three-year program to widen Cannon Street. County transportation money will pay for most of the $660,000 cost.

The city also plans to rebuild a portion of Loma Street between Mesa Drive and Cannon Street, estimated to cost $90,000.

In addition, $194,000 is earmarked to resurface Taft Avenue.

Additions to the proposed operating budget include about $5,000 for salary increases, averaging about 2%, for five full-time city employees.

The proposed operating budget also reflects a 6.9% increase in costs for police services. The total cost of the city's contract with the Orange County Sheriff's Department is $604,105.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers, 17855 Santiago Blvd. Information: (714) 998-1500.

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