Huntington Beach

Budget on city council agenda again

THE HUNTINGTON BEACH City Council will consider the 2018-19 budget at its meeting on Monday.

One more time.

The Huntington Beach City Council will take another shot at approving a city budget for 2018-19 when it meets on Monday. The item was originally on the May 21 agenda, but the council decided to continue the public hearing and vote to the June 4 meeting because two of its members – Mayor Pro Tem Erik Peterson and Councilwoman Lyn Semeta – were absent that night.

The proposed budget shows $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 next council meeting will be on June 18. The council meets in its chambers at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue). A study session will be held at 4 p.m., with the regular session starting at 6 p.m.


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