Merced council to hold second budget review study session Wednesday to discuss deficit

The Merced City Council will hold a budget review study session to answer questions from the City Council about the Ccty’s $280 million budget. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Most of the city funds have spending restrictions. For example, money collected from sewer ratepayers can’t be used to pay for funding firefighters under state law. Money that the federal government gives the city for housing projects can’t be diverted to other uses, the city said in a news release.

The city’s $35 million General Fund, used largely to fund police and fire operations, is facing 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.

The meeting will be the second of three budget review sessions. The last budget session will be at 5:30 p.m. June 7. All the sessions will be held in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

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.