The West Hollywood City Council has approved a $20.7-million budget for the coming fiscal year, a $3.5-million increase over last year's $17.2-million budget.
The 1986 budget, approved by a unanimous vote at last week's council session, is balanced by projected revenues expected to reach $21.6 million by the end of the year.
The budget would add at least $400,000 to the city's reserve fund. City officials have projected that the city will have an overall reserve of more than $7.8 million by the end of the fiscal year.
Over the past month, the council has been paring down an original $22.9-million budget request. Hardest hit by the budget-cutting was the county Sheriff's Department, which had asked for $7.7 million. Instead, the department was given $7.2 million for the year, a reduction that Sheriff's Capt. James Cook expects will result in the elimination of five deputies.