City Council to hold review study session Monday evening of its $280M budget

The Merced City Council will hold a budget review study session to obtain an overview from staff of the city’s $280 million budget and the 185 funds contained in it. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The city’s $35 million General Fund, used largely to fund police and fire operations, faces a $5.5 million deficit. The General Fund comes from a variety of sources, including sales taxes and property taxes and doesn’t have any spending restrictions.

Most of the other funds in the city face spending restrictions. For example, under state law, money collected by garbage or water ratepayers can’t be used to pay for recreation programs or for funding police officers. Money that the federal government gives the city for road projects can’t be diverted to other uses, the city said in a news release.

The meeting will be the first of three budget review sessions. Additional budget sessions are planned for 5:30 p.m. on June 1 and June 7. All the session will be held in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. Merced CA.

The council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak cards are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the city's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the council.