Huntington Beach

City Council passes the 2018-19 budget

HUNTINGTON City Council on Monday approve the 2018-19 budget (Orange County Tribune photo).

By Jim Tortolano

On a second try, the 2018-19 municipal budget was passed by the Huntington Beach City Council on Monday night.

The council voted 7-0 to approve the spending plan.

The new 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. The budget was originally planned to go to a vote on June 4, but that was postponed because two members were absent.

Other highlights of the budget included $3.5 million in additional funding for the police department and $773,000 for the fire department. Revenue from hotel patronage – the transient occupancy tax – was reported to be up by $13.4 million, an increase of 7.7 percent.

The budget is balanced and the city has a reserve of $61 million, but the council was warned that rising pension costs are posing a threat to a balanced budget in the next three to six years.

Also on Monday night the council voted to authorize a residential permit parking system along Farinella Drive. Several residents Monday night spoke in favor of the item, recounting problems with cars from outside the street parked there, along with problems of noise and litter.

The next meeting of the Huntington Beach council will be on June 18.



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