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Council set to adopt new budget

Mike Conway

Post Date:06/12/2015

Merced City Council to hold public hearing to adopt budget

The Merced City Council will hold a public hearing on its 2015-16 budget before it is adopted at  the Monday, June 15, meeting.

The Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

The Council will adopt the $36 million general fund budget that focused on the priorities of police, fire, economic development and recreation. The budget includes three new police officers, a dispatcher, community service officer, two firefighters, recreation coordinator and a zookeeper.

The Council held two Town Hall meetings and two budget planning sessions early this year to develop priorities and programs for the budget. There were three budget meetings in May that generated additional ideas.

The Council will hold a study session to interview Planning Commission applicants following the 5:30 p.m. closed session. The closed session held at 5:30 p.m. will be to confer with labor negotiators regarding the firefighters and police sergeants unions.

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

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