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No public comments at city budget hearing

Last night, the Sunnyside City Council provided community residents the opportunity to speak at a public hearing on the proposed 2011-12 biennium budget, but no one was in attendance to voice their concerns.

The proposed $56.38 million budget has been the topic of several workshops over the past month, and is $12.68 million smaller than the combined budgets for 2009 and 2010.

Sunnyside Finance and Administrative Services Director Byron Olson said the general fund budget for 2012 is $208,000 less than what was appropriated this year.

"The budget can be adjusted or amended as necessary," he told the city council.

More than $4 million in expenditures have been eliminated from the miscellaneous general government budget for the years 2011 and '12. There is $1 million that was transferred from the general fund this year to a contingency fund. No additional monies are expected to be added to the contingency fund, with the exception of interest drawn on those monies.

The law enforcement budget is expected to be more than $6 million for the biennium and fire control expenditures are predicted in the amount of more than $2.2 million for 2011 and 2012.

The Sunnyside City Council is scheduled to conduct a final review of the proposed 2011-12 budget Thursday, Dec. 2. Adoption of the final biennial budget is set for the Monday, Dec. 13, regular city council meeting.

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