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Web exclusive: Expanding city passes smaller budget

Despite a sluggish economic recovery and uncertainty in Sacramento, Grass Valley is on solid fiscal ground, according to city Director of Finance Carol Fish.

“The city is in sound financial position with adequate budget reserves,” Fish told the City Council Tuesday night, shortly before the board approved a $19.2 million budget for fiscal year 2004-2005 with about $4 million in reserves.

That is smaller than the 2003-2004 budget of almost $27 million which included about $7 million more for capital projects, including two large affordable housing apartment tracts financed by grants, park and street improvements, Fish said.

Annexation of the Glenbrook Basin area impacted the upcoming budget in the form of new personnel needed to deal with the 300 acres of facilities and people the city is taking in. They include two new police officers, a police records clerk, a full-time fire inspector, a new engineer, another street maintenance worker, and a part-time human resources clerk.

“Revenues are going up,” Fish told the council, but so are expenses due to the expansion.

The city is looking at $1.6 million in projects, including:

– Improvements at Mautino Park, the Skatepark, Memorial Park tennis courts and the Minnie Park playground.

– A design for the East Main – Frontage Road corridor.

– The annual street overlay project.

– The Richardson Street extension.

– A transfer station for street sweepers.

– A design to remodel Fire Station No. 1.

– A new cover for the water plant reservoir.

– Expanding the Slate Creek pump station.

– The Berryman Street water line.

– Water line repairs near Doris Drive.

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