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3% garbage rate hike proposed for Grass Valley

Grass Valley residents can sound off about a proposed 3 percent increase in trash collection rates at the city council meeting today.

City staff recommends approving the increased rate after the hearing. The city’s contract with Waste Management Inc. – one of the continent’s largest trash-hauling enterprises – calls for an annual review of the rate, City Administrator Dan Holler said.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 E. Main St. To see the full agenda, visit TheUnion.com and click on this story.

Grass Valley City Council members also will review $200,000 in mid-year budget cuts to city administration, police and public works.

Declining sales tax revenue is a major contributor to a $320,000 shortfall in the city’s $10 million budget.

Proposed cuts would reduce that deficit to about $120,000.

Most of the budget cuts come from minor re-allocations, with funds shifted from one line item to another.

Adjustments to the budget include $50,000 less spending on police department salaries this year, as the department temporarily leaves some spots vacant.

Other cuts include $10,000 less general funding in outside services, which includes pay for consultants, and a few thousand less in conference and training funds for city council members and finance department and administrative staff, said Grass Valley Assistant Finance Director Deborah Sultan.

Church of God to expand

Whispering Pines Church of God is planning a new, 3,872-square-foot sanctuary for the congregation at 680 Brighton St.

The church takes its plans before the Development Review Committee, Grass Valley’s first step for building project review, which meets at 9 a.m. today at the Hullender Community Room in City Hall.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.

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