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Council to hold public hearing on budget

Mike Conway

Post Date:06/01/2018

City budget, affordable housing on agenda

A public hearing on the City budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year and an affordable housing project are on the agenda for the City Council at the Monday night meeting.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St. The Council meets the first and third Mondays of the month, except when there is a holiday, when it meets the following day.

The Council will hold a public hearing to obtain comments from residents on the $233,059,750 budget. The budget includes $42,639,790 in the General Fund. The budget lays a foundation for the City's growth, but also provide a cushion for any potential economic down cycle that could occur in the future.

There will be another public hearing on the budget at the June 18 Council meeting. The entire preliminary budget is available online at www.cityofmerced.org.

The council will consider an agreement that creates affordable housing. The Gateway Terrace II loan agreements would fund a 50 unit affordable housing project that would set aside 10 units for veterans. The $1.38 million loan package uses Home Investment Partnerships Program and Community Development Block Grant funds.

Also on the agenda is a report on the City's Zero Tolerance for illegal fireworks and how the policy will be enforced this Fourth of July.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. Monday to confer with labor negotiators, real property negotiators and to discuss employment of a city attorney.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City's web site at https://cityofmerced.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Videos of previous meetings can be found at that link, and are tied to each agenda item. Those 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. Hmong and Spanish translators are available at all Council meetings.

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