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Santa Clarita City Council gives final approval to city budget

Spending plan includes increasing the city’s general fund operating reserve to 18 percent

Posted: June 25, 2014 9:24 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 9:24 a.m.

Santa Clarita City Council members gave final approval Tuesday night to a $191.5 million city budget for the next fiscal year, with money set aside to help address the city’s aging infrastructure and fund a series of capital projects.

The approved budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1, includes projected general fund revenues of $91.3 million with general fund appropriations of $90.8 million.

Under the new budget, City Manager Ken Striplin has said, general fund revenues as a whole will return to pre-recession levels.

Some of the major goals in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, city officials said, are planning ahead to address Santa Clarita’s future needs, addressing the city’s aging infrastructure and increasing the city’s general fund operating reserve to 18 percent.

Increasing that reserve is included in the adopted budget.

The other goals are addressed partly in the city’s Capital Improvement Program budget for the next fiscal year, which is around $39.1 million.

The Capital Improvement Program budget includes funding for future projects — such as $520,000 to design a tennis complex at Central Park and $50,000 to conduct a planing and outreach process to re-evaluate Old Orchard Park — as well as maintenance, such as $1 million for the city’s sidewalk repair program.

The budget also includes $135,000 for continued advocacy regarding the proposed Cemex mine in Soledad Canyon and a $100,000 increase in the city’s contribution to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center — bringing the city’s total contribution to around $750,000, according to Striplin.

Other spending outlined in the budget includes $10,000 to put on a “beach party” in Canyon Country and $80,000 for holiday decorations in Newhall.
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