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Council to Approve Budget on June 1

Fullerton City Council is set to approve its 2021/22 budget at their June 1 meeting. Prior to this, Council held two budget study sessions on May 12 and May 18.

The proposed budget for the City’s General Fund is $110.8 million with revenues of $100.9 million. Council is likely to approve a plan to fill this deficit by maintaining 33 full-time city positions vacant (for a savings of $3.8 million) and using $6.1 million of contingency reserve funding. The City normally has around 10% of its general fund in contingency reserves.

Councilmember Jung requested on May 18 that City staff also bring back further cuts of 2% across the board. These cuts could not be implemented immediately, however, since much of the City’s general fund goes to salaries that are negotiated with union groups.

Fullerton received $16.3 million on May 17 in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. Because the City is still waiting on guidance from the Department of the Treasury on how to use these funds, this funding has not yet been factored into the proposed budget.

Council is set to approve this budget during the Council meeting on Tuesday, June 1at 6:30pm. To view the agenda and learn how you can participate in the meeting visit fullerton.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

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  1. City employees pay into their pensions. It is not a gift but part of their compensation. Everyone should get a fair pension except Council Members who currently can get a pension but who I think should be left off that list.
    Government, when it works well, should be a pooling of community resources to cover what we cannot cover as individuals.
    It seems right that water/sewer/road infrastructure and city safety services would head that list.
    I also like the idea of sharing police funding with non-sworn professionals who could take over dealing with non-violent calls, like homelessness, mental issues, addiction, drug possession, wellness checks, vandalism, vehicle tows, driver violations, other non violent violations, etc. and save sworn officers for crimes that include weapons and violence only.
    Also investing in skill-building programs that could mentor and guide kids to envisioning successful futures would be a good idea.

  2. The city of F now pays over 75% to fund their engorged obese police and fire pensions. What is wrong with you people? Have you know sense? Does it have to be 98% before you wake up?