Garden Grove

Two-year budget goes to city council

A TWO-YEAR budget goes before the Garden Grove City Council when it meets on Tuesday (Shutterstock).

Income and spending often show the contours and limits of what a government agency can do, and in Garden Grove a two-year look into the future will be revealed and considered.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the city council, the leading item on the agenda will be approval of the two-year 2019-2021 budget for the county’s fifth-largest city. The council will be asked to vote on the spending plan that calls for $280.6 million in revenue the first year, with $259.5 million in expenses.

In the second year of the budget, revenues are projected to reach $262.8 million with operating expenses at $249.4 million. Both budgets exclude capital improvement projects such as new construction.

The new biennial budget includes a spike in funding for police and fire services. The Garden Grove Police Department will be expanding by 17 new full-time positions (including 11 full-time sworn officers) and the Orange County Fire Authority will replace the city fire department for fire and paramedic services.

Also on the agenda will be a public hearing and consideration of new fees for city services. Among the proposed changes are new fees of $350 for poolroom or pawnbroker permits. A permit to operate a massage business will rise from $290 to $625.

The council meets in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center at 11300 Stanford Ave. with a closed session at 6:15 and the regular session at 6:30 p.m.

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