Petaluma City Council OKs more budget cuts

Petaluma city leaders agreed late Monday to tighten the budget belt one more notch.

In another round of cuts that trim about 5 percent from the 2012-13 general fund, the $32.5 million spending plan should maintain priority services and put the city on course to begin rebuilding a rainy day fund.

That's assuming tax revenues rise, pension investments perform, health care costs don't skyrocket and there aren't any major municipal emergencies.

City Council members agreed there's a lot to have heartburn about in the budget.

Vice Mayor Tiffany Renee cast the sole vote against the spending plan shortly before midnight after the council engaged in lengthy discussions on each department's revenues and spending proposals.

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