Jun 17, 2014 6:37 PM
The City of Chico presented its official budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
The budget includes a 2 percent staffing increase for the next fiscal year, but despite the increase and other positive indicators, interim city manager Mark Orme said "we can't celebrate yet".
Orme said the budget is not a one-time fix, but it will create a path to a successful and blessed future for Chico.
Orme kept the tone of today's meeting positive and the message clear, everything is about the future, "we've been through a lot of bumps and bruises and it's been difficult. This community hasn't had to face that in years past, however, I think this is an opportunity for us to turn the chapter and start a new page of moving forward, bringing this city to the pinnacle that it knows it is, and knows it will be once again" he said.
According to Administrative Services Director Chris Constantin, last year's budget was one of significant changes and this year's is one of adjustments. Constantin said it will take seven years to address the city's deficit and in 15 years the city will have brought the general fund back to target levels.
One of this year's adjustments is a 2 percent increase in staffing levels.
Orme said we need to focus on our core services, like police and fire, which also happen to be one of five priorities for Chico's City Council.
Chico Fire will add 14 new officers this summer. An increased budget for Chico Police will allow for three new patrol officers.
Police Chief Kirk Trostle said these moves will "lay the foundation to begin rebuilding a proactive police department."
The City Council was scheduled to revisit the sit/lie ordinance at today's meeting, but that discussion has been postponed until the July 1 City Council Meeting.
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