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City Council adopts budget

Posted: June 23, 2009 9:06 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
With the start of the 2009-10 fiscal year days away, the City Council on Tuesday adopted a $171.9 million budget.

There was little discussion of the budget, which includes a $77.6 million general fund that is down roughly 4 percent.

The fiscal year lasts from July 1 to June 30.

The city will have about $10 million as an operating reserve — a drop from the 2008-09 reserve of about $11.6 million.

City officials spent the last several months trimming already conservative department budgets, shaving about $4 million off the budget in the last month.

Reductions were made in several ways, according to City Manager Ken Pulskamp’s summary.

A number of expenses were transferred from the general fund to the special revenue fund; 20 open job positions were frozen, including a community preservation officer and a supervising building inspector; outsourcing budgets were trimmed; temporary employee, overtime and training budgets were slashed; and there have been reductions in printing, postage costs and electrical use.

In other funding news, local sheriff’s deputies are getting a helping hand from the feds, with a $174,751 grant to supplement detectives.

The council voted to accept the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year.

The grant will supplement the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s COBRA unit, which focuses primarily on juvenile and gang-related crime.

“It augments what the city has already been paying,” sheriff’s Lt. Mike Dunkle said.

The Career Offenders Burglary Robbery Apprehension team comprises six detectives and a sergeant, he said.

“Because of the work they do they’re eligible for grant funding,” Dunkle said.


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