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Bakersfield City Council to vote on $11 million in budget amendments

Bakersfield City Council (FILE)
Posted at 8:21 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 11:21:14-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Friday the Bakersfield City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget utilizing projected funds from the new one-cent sales tax. The tax was passed by voters back in November.

In the first quarter of this year sales tax revenues showed a 14 and a half percent growth compared to the same time last year. Now City Manager Alan Tandy says that nearly $11 million is being proposed to be added to the city's budget.

Among the budget amendments being proposed are adding $1 million to the Bakersfield Police Department operating budget and $1 million for the city's Facility Replacement Reserve Fund which covers emergency repairs and maintenance for city facilities such as fire and police stations. Additional funds would go to city staffing as well as arts funding, the Downtown Corridor Project, road and landscape projects and much more.

The city council is set to meet at 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.