Study session, public hearing on budget Monday night
There will be a 5 p.m. study session on the proposed 2014-15 budget, followed by a public hearing on the budget during the regular Merced City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.
The study session and meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678, W. 18th St.
Answers will be provided to questions Council had on the budget and ways to fund additional projects and programs.
The proposed $194 million budget is balanced without the use of any reserves and without any layoffs. The budget includes $34.5 million in the general fund to pay for police, fire, recreation and other services, and also uses $6.2 million from Measure C, the City’s half-cent sales tax.
The budget is posted online at the City's website, www.cityofmerced.org, and is also available to read at the front counter of the Merced Civic Center at 678 W. 18th St., Merced. The public will have time to comment on the budget during the study session and the meeting.
A closed session will follow the study session to discuss exposure to litigation from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund on creating Council districts. Council has approved putting district elections on the November ballot.
City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City’s home page at www.cityofmerced.org. The City will also add the Council video to YouTube for people that were unable to watch it live. These services are in addition to the live broadcast of the regular meeting on Comcast’s Government Channel 96.
The Council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak forms are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the City's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the Council.