OROVILLE, Calif. -- A $3.4 million revenue surplus is in the city of Oroville's hands at the end of its fiscal year. Now, the city must decide how to spend it.
City administrator Bill LaGrone said Measure U, the district sales tax voted in last year, added to the surplus in the 2018-2019 fiscal year at about $1.4 million. The other $2 million came from revenue including property tax, sales tax and permits through the city, according to LaGrone. But still, with this surplus, LaGrone said he plans to spend this money conservatively.
"There's a lot that they can do to improve the town, to give people a better living situation, to draw people in to help the town all the way around," said Nancy Panattoni, a woman who lives in Oroville.
"Our roads are suffering, our infrastructure is suffering. It's money we can use to get that repaired, 3 or 4 more years, that' d be wonderful, even the Oro Dam repairs, would be great to take care of as well," said Ricardo Raygoza, a man who lives in Oroville.
With this year's surplus, the city said now they're looking to hire more people back in the city, especially in police and fire.