64°
Mostly clear
MON
 79°
 54°
TUE
 85°
 54°
WED
 88°
 54°
THU
 84°
 56°
FRI
 88°
 56°

Petaluma looks to rebuild emergency fund as budget picture brightens

Petaluma City Council members will get their first look at the upcoming year's budget during a special hearing tonight at City Hall.

The $35 million in the general fund — the budget that pays for most city salaries, benefits and services — is 5.4 percent higher than the previous year's. All of that $1.8 million increase, City Manager John Brown said, is related to salaries and benefits for city employees.

Though the budget is balanced, it doesn't rely on program and service reductions, or pay cuts and furloughs for employees, as in the previous five years.

Instead, balance is achieved by holding the line on costs the city can control, using carryover funds from last year and taking advantage of increased tax revenues.


© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View