Garden Grove

Budgets go before city council

THE GARDEN GROVE City Council will consider budgets for 2021-2022 and 2022-23 at its meeting on Tuesday (Shutterstock).

A proposed city budget that would restore 17 full-time employee positions, fund the Be Well mobile mental health services, increase graffiti abatement and replace old and damaged street signs will go before the Garden Grove City Council at its next meeting.

The council will convene at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. on Tuesday.

Expenses for the fiscal year of 2021-22 are calculated at $176.1 million. Included in that amount is $35.3 million in capital improvements  – such as street pavement and public facilities – made possible by funding under the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress earlier this year and signed into law by President Joe Biden.

The balanced budget assumes that a major contributor to city coffers, transient occupancy tax (“bed tax”) from hotels, won’t rebound to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels until after fiscal year 2022-2023.

Other key expenditures planned include traffic and parking enforcement, reinvestment in information technology and park reseeding. One of those restored employee positions is in code enforcement.

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