Merced Council holds public hearing on annual budget
At its Monday meeting the Merced City Council will hold a public hearing on its $191.9 million budget.
The meeting will be available on Comcast Channel 96 and also streamed live with a link on the City’s website.
The budget includes $32,589,752 in the general funds, with approximately three-fourths of that money going to police and fire services. The budget includes $1,498,843 in one-time spending that is proposed for funding a youth council formation study, the purchase of a fire truck, software updates, a worker’s compensation fund supplement and money for upcoming labor negotiations.
As with any item on the Council agenda, the public can comment on the budget during the meeting. Four budget hearings have already been held and the budget is scheduled for adoption June 17.
The Council also will be presented with proposed language for an amendment to the City Charter that would change Council elections from odd numbered years to even numbered years. The Merced Council is one of the few elected bodies in the County that holds its elections in odd numbered years. If the election was changed to even numbered years it is estimated the City could save approximately $100,000 every election because costs would be shared with other entities that are on the ballot.
The Council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak cards 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.
City Council meetings are now being 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 meeting on the Comcast’s Government Channel 96.