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Tehachapi approves $21M budget

Includes new police officer, emergency funds
Posted at 11:54 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 16:31:40-04

TEHACHAPI, Calif. — The City of Tehachapi has passed a $21 million budget for the coming fiscal year, 2019-20. The budget also addresses subsequent balanced years through 2023-24, the city announced Thursday.

The budget includes operating funds including the general fund and enterprise funds, such as water, sewer, airport, transit and refuse, as well as capital project funds.

Greg Garrett, Tehachapi's City Manager, says the city's financial department has been working on the budget for the past five months.

"I'm very pleased with the final numbers," Mayor Susan Wiggins said in a release from the city.

The city also announced that the general fund includes a reserve of more than $3.5 million in case of emergencies or other unforeseen expenses in the future.

This year's budget includes the hiring of one new police officer, a police technician and a lead landscape maintenance supervisor. Also, some part-time positions are being transitioned into full-time positions.

The funds for water and sewer departments will also allow for emergency repairs and future expansions, according to city officials.

The entire budget presentation can be viewed here.