An improved radio communications system and computerization of more city services are included in Glendale's preliminary budget for 1988-89.
The proposed $220-million spending plan also calls for 10% increases in both sewer and refuse collection rates and a 7.5% jump in water rates, City Manager David H. Ramsay said during a budget study session with the City Council this week.
A series of study sessions are scheduled before the council votes on the spending package in late June.
The budget, which represents a 6.8% increase over the current $206-million budget, provides for 13 additional city staff positions.
Expenses and revenues in the budget are balanced, and the city is expected to continue to operate without general obligation bonds. Almost $14 million in new revenue is expected from taxes on retail sales and higher property valuations.
Upgrading to Continue
Ramsay said the city is continuing to upgrade its radio communication system, a process it began last year, and plans to add four radio frequencies to the 10 channels already in the system. The expanded system will allow various city departments--including police, fire, public works and public service--to communicate with each other and other cities.