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Chico City Council starts budget talks

Road maintenance, public safety and the cost of pensions top the list of needs to be addressed with a budget of about $51 million dollars for 2020.

Posted: Apr 15, 2019 3:26 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2019 5:29 PM

CHICO, Calif. - On Tuesday, the Chico City Council will begin discussing next year's budget

Mayor Randall Stone said in the past, the council has swept under the rug the fact that they were not spending $7 million designated for road maintenance in order to support the function of the rest of the operations of government.

The mayor said it's been this way for the past four years - borrowing from one fund to pay another, and something's got to change.

"We’ve got some real problems and tremendous budget consequences that I've been talking about for years and we finally have the opportunity to see how bad that is, and how to fix it," Stone said. "That lesson starts tomorrow."

Stone said this is just one large challenge, along with paying for the cost of public safety like police and fire, and the rising cost of pensions for city staff.

The meeting is Tuesday night, April 16, at 6 p.m. at the council chambers on 411 Main Street, Chico. 

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