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Santa Monica : Council Studies Budget Plan

June 02, 1988

The City Council has started its review of Santa Monica's proposed $130.9-million budget for 1988-89. A public hearing is scheduled for June 21.

In study sessions this week, council members examined planned expenditures and revenues and heard reports from all city departments.

Income is projected at $135.8 million.

The budget calls for an additional police officer, an administrative analyst for the Fire Department, improved traffic controls, a renovation plan for Palisades Park, a multiservice center for the homeless on Colorado Avenue and additional Planning Division staffers.

General fund reserves are estimated at $7.3 million but are likely to be whittled down as council members add other projects to the list of expenditures.

City Manager John Jalili said a "prudent" reserve level is necessary because of what he called the unpredictability of federal money and the national economy.

"Generally this is a city in good shape financially," Jalili said.

Usually the City Council approves the budget immediately after the public hearing. It will take effect July 1.

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