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HB, Westminster to consider budgets

CITY COUNCILS in Huntington Beach and Westminster will consider 2018-19 budgets next week.

Budgets for the 2018-19 fiscal year will go before the Huntington Beach and Westminster city councils this week.

In Huntington, the proposed budget will show $373.1 million in all funds with an increase of 3.3 percent. The general fund is projected at $228.4 million, which is $4.3 million more than in 2017-18, an increase of 1.9 percent.

Slightly over half of the general fund – 55 percent – would be devoted to public safety: police and fire.

According to Gilbert Garcia, Huntington Beach’s chief financial officer, “the city is expecting a flattening or slowing of revenue growth in some categories, requiring continued vigilance.”

The Huntington Beach City Council will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. in its chambers at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue).

In Westminster, the days of budget deficits that plagued it for years are gone, at least for now. The sales tax measure passed by voters has resulted on a balanced budget for 2018-19, with no need to draw on reserves. There’s a projected fund balance – a surplus – of $2.4 million.

However, the projection of total sales tax revenue is a bit lower than originally expected, down to $17.2 million from $17.7 million. The total budget from all funds is $110 million, with $61.5 million in the general fund.

The Westminster City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in its chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd. (east of Beach Boulevard).

NOTE:The Garden Grove City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 has been cancelled.

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