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City budget: no layoffs, but belt-tightening

The good news is, the city probably won’t be laying off any employees. The bad news is, Merced is looking at some significant belt-tightening. That’s the word from outgoing City Manager Jim Marshall about this year’s budget.

The City Council gets a first look at the spending plan at a 5:30 p.m. study session before Monday night’s council meeting; it’s scheduled to vote on the budget at its June 16 meeting.

Last year, Marshall said he was holding up a yellow flag to reign in city finances. This year, Marshall says he’s holding up a stop sign.

“It’s a stand-still conservative budget with an admonition to the City Council that they’ve got to keep their finger off the trigger until things catch up,” said Marshall.