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Preliminary budget on the agenda for Monday night

Mike Conway

Post Date:05/18/2018

City budget, Arts Commission on agenda

 The preliminary budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year and an update on the Arts and Culture Commission will be presented to 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 $233,059,750 budget includes $42,639,790 in the General Fund. The budget is designed to lay 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 public hearings on the budget at the June 4 and June 18 Council meetings. The entire preliminary budget is available online at

On the agenda are labor agreements with Merced Association of City Employees, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Merced Fire Fighters. The agreement includes a 2.5 percent pay increase over the next two years.

Staff is asking for further direction on an Arts and Culture Advisory Commission when it presents a draft ordinance to the Council. A group of stakeholders has been working on the draft ordinance to create the commission at the direction of the Council. After receiving direction from Council, any changes will be incorporated into the ordinance before it is formally introduced at a later date.

The Council will also get an update on its goals and priorities for the third quarter. The Council sets its goals and priorities at the beginning of the fiscal year and receives quarterly progress reports.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5:30 p.m. Monday to confer with labor negotiators.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City's web site at 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 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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