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June 1, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN
Budget wrangling between the Police Department and city officials has heightened since city administrators decided to shift 19 police officers temporarily from their special assignments to patrol. The aim of the move, to be in effect June 15 through Sept. 7, is to control costs, deputy city administrator Richard Barnard said. "We looked at our budget for 1995-96, and the figures for the public safety budget showed that we were going to face a $900,000 deficit," Barnard said.
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May 21, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
The police union will campaign against a move by the city to reassign some officers and detectives from their regular and special duties this summer and place them on patrol to curb overtime spending. "You're taking essential police personnel from very important positions--who do specific tasks--to aid patrol," said Richard Wright, president of the Huntington Beach Police Officers' Assn.
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May 9, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
A decision on how to spend about $1.3 million in federal grant money is expected on Monday, a week after the City Council balked at last-minute changes in spending recommendations.
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May 1, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Facing a deficit of nearly $4 million, City Council members this week debated ways to combine cutbacks and new revenue to balance the 1996-97 operating budget. "It's going to be very challenging to find the money," Mayor Dave Sullivan said. City Administrator Michael T. Uberuaga said the primary reason that the city is short of revenue is because the state has been diverting property taxes for its own use in the past four years. He said $6.6 million was diverted from the 1995-96 budget.
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April 19, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
DARE supporters and volunteers were honored at a recognition dinner Wednesday by Pride Foundation Inc., a nonprofit community group that gives financial assistance to the program. Casting a shadow over the celebration, however, was the possibility that DARE--Drug Abuse Resistance Education--could be reduced or even eliminated next year because of the city's budget crunch. Officials are projecting a shortfall of $4 million for fiscal 1996-97.
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April 13, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
To help the city pay for its annual Fourth of July celebration, a local cable-TV station is offering to organize its first telethon to seek donations. The City Council on Monday will consider a proposal for the June 8 telethon on HBTV-3. Deputy City Administrator Richard Barnard said the 10-hour event would showcase local talent, ranging from professional performers to high school students.
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April 10, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
The Police Department would have 20 fewer officers and crime-prevention programs would be eliminated under proposals the police chief has floated to help the city make up a projected $4-million deficit in its operating budget. "I am not comfortable recommending any cuts in the Police Department," Police Chief Ronald E. Lowenberg told the council. But he did so anyway in accordance with a mandate that city departments look for ways to trim costs.
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April 2, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
A balanced approach of cutting services and increasing revenue is the key in dealing with a projected $3-million to $5-million general-fund budget deficit next fiscal year, City Administrator Michael T. Uberuaga said. The City Council, which expects to adopt the 1996-97 budget in September, has been reviewing possibilities in recent weeks for cutting back, among them service and job reductions.
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March 19, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Increasing business license fees, installing more parking meters, raising the tax on hotel rooms and charging for false 911 calls are among proposals the city is considering to offset a projected $3-million to $5-million budget deficit next fiscal year. The city staff has presented 36 potential revenue alternatives that could be implemented to raise money for 1996-97 general-fund budget needs.
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March 2, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT and ALAN EYERLY and DEBRA CANO
Under a revised agreement to join a countywide emergency communications system, the City Council has agreed to contribute $579,065 more than it had first anticipated. The total cost to the city to be linked to the county's 800-megahertz radio system is now about $5.9 million, said Bob Franz, deputy city administrator. The county's bankruptcy left it unable to pay what it had projected for the $83-million system, so cities were asked to pay more. The city has $1.
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