Chico City Council: Budget, coronavirus impacts part of Tuesday's meeting

Members of the chico city council are set to meet Tuesday night and a major item on the agenda? The proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Posted: Jun 9, 2020 8:18 AM
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 9:49 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Members of the Chico City Council are set to meet Tuesday night and a major item on the agenda? The proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Projections indicate the city will be operating with six million dollars less in its general fund - from its original projections.

The shortfall - a result of ongoing coronavirus impacts on the community.

For instance, the city is looking at a reduction of $600,000 due to Chico State moving classes online and parking revenue is projected down almost $500,000.

The proposed budget also outlines the lay-off of 11 city positions and a hiring freeze for 24 positions. That includes the chief of police and the airport manager.

Action News Now talked with the city manager, Mark Orme about the proposed budget.

He says people - as you might expect, want roads fixed, adequate police and fire protection and other services but says the city has outlined a "responsible" budget plan for the community.

"You go down the list of essential services that we provide, and this budget will get us there but people are always going to want more," Orme said. "But unfortunately, we can't give them more now until we get through this pandemic economic impact."

Orme calls this proposed budget a "temporary patch".

He says come October, council members will have a more accurate picture of city finances and can then adopt a realistic budget.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on June 9, 2020, a live stream will be available to watch, CLICK HERE.

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In other business:

The council is expected to approve extending the temporary closure of Old Humboldt Road.

City leaders approved blocking that road to vehicle traffic in order to address illegal littering and dumping in the area.

The city is also looking to purchase more property - in the area of Eaton Road and Highway 99 - to assist in ongoing construction efforts for the proposed highway interchange project.

Councilmember Scott Huber has requested an update on pandemic responses for local businesses. Councilmember Alex Brown has requested to discuss funding for cooling and warming centers.

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