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City budget deliberations continue

The Sunnyside City Council met this past Saturday to discuss the preliminary 2010 city budget. This is the second workshop the council has held on next year's budget.

Numbers presented to council by city staff at a workshop held two weeks ago have been shaved by more than $340,000.

A new administrative assistant position in the finance and municipal court department has been dropped, freeing up $75,000. Also, a $50,000 remodel of the customer service area in the city's finance department has been scrapped.

A proposed administrative assistant position in the police department has also been put on hold. This cut an additional $72,000 from the preliminary budget.

A seasonal employee in the code enforcement department and additional part-time staff in the recreation department were also shelved.

What's still in place is the proposed replacement of three staff members in the street department that was cut two years ago.

Two police officers will also be hired for 2010 under the budget proposal. The city is covering the expenses of one position and a Cops Hiring and Retention Program grant will take care of the position for three years.

A battalion chief/fire marshal position is still being discussed by council.

The city has a fund-total beginning balance of $7,915,000. It expects to receive approximately $25,145,000 in revenues and plans to spend $25,385,000 in expenditures, leaving a balance of $7,675,000 in all city funds.

These numbers are expected to change with council expected to meet with city staff to go over the numbers at least one more time.

A public hearing is expected to be held on the final budget proposal on Dec. 7.

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