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City Council Expected to Pass a Budget Tuesday Night

Public invited to Concord budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City Council Chambers at the Civic Center.

With the start of the fiscal year three days away, the Concord City Council is poised to pass a 2011-12 budget Tuesday evening.

The council holds the second and final public hearing on the 2011-12 city budget at 6:30 Tuesday in the City Council Chambers at the Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive.

The city’s budget picture is much improved this year over the last several years, thanks to passage of Measure Q, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in November. While the additional revenue will not restore any of the program reductions experienced over the last two years, it will preserve service delivery at current levels, the city states on its website.

The proposed 2011-12 budget, when it was unveiled in late May, showed expenditures of $172.1 million, up from $168.8 million in the adopted 2010-11 budget, a one-year proposed increase of 1.97 percent (also a big decrease from the peak budget year of $207.7 million in 2009-10). See .

Since then, there have been a few tweaks in the numbers with new information and new calculations. These are spelled out in City Manager Dan Keen’s budget message for Tuesday night’s meeting — see 3. Adjustments to the Budget Since the Development of the Workshop Materials  on page 6 of Keen’s initial 12-page memo.

The budget hearing will be televised live on Concord Cable TV channel 28 (Comcast), channel 29 (Astound) and channel 99 (AT&T U-verse). The broadcasts also are available online at www.cityofconcord.org, in real time and archived for future viewing. To view the meeting live, select “Watch TV” in the “Video and TV” box.

Also on the agenda is adoption of an ordinance to increase the minimum annual sewer service charge by $18 a year, as discussed at a public hearing June 7.

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