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Petaluma projects tight budget, potential cuts at city hall

Petaluma's budget outlook remains lean, although a new shopping center and improvements in the regional and local economy provide some hope, City Council members heard this week.

Bill Mushallo, the city's finance director, provided a short and long-term outlook to the council as part of a mid-year budget review.

Increases in sale tax and property tax revenues, totaling about $360,000, are promising. But franchise fees decreased and the city had "significant" drops in fines and forfeiture funds of about $500,000.

In total, general fund revenues this fiscal year are down about $615,000, Mushallo said. At the same time, $268,000 in spending was cut.

Those figures would leave about $400,000 in the city's general fund budget at the end of the fiscal year in June.

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