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SB TOWN HALL MEETING FOCUSES ON BUDGET, CRIME

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Now's the time to speak out on San Bernardino’s budget and crime woes. Sixth Ward Councilman Rikke Van Johnson will host a Town Hall meeting Thursday, July 12 at Inghram Community Center, 2050 N. Mt. Vernon Avenue beginning at 6:00 p.m. Residents will get an update on the city’s budget and hear how dwindling revenues and uncertainty over the state’s finances will impact their neighborhoods.

The city began its fiscal year in June without a budget beyond July. To bridge the growing budget deficit, council members approved a one-month spending plan based on the past year's budget. That gives staff members enough time to work out a plan to provide needed services when projected revenues are lower than expenses, said Acting City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller. "The structural issues which have resulted in deficit spending have implications for the upcoming budget, and a long-term strategy to address the ongoing structural deficit is required," Travis-Miller said in a report to the City Council, which must approve any budget. The situation is further complicated by the expiration of labor agreements that had city workers giving up 10 percent of their salaries and by the abolition of redevelopment agencies statewide, eliminating a tool upon which the city had relied, she said. Johnson will also discuss public safety, new and on-going projects.

Police Chief Rob Handy will be on hand to update residents on efforts to stem the city recent rash of homicides.

Residents are encouraged to contribute their thoughts and ideas about the budget and public safety. For more information about the Town Hall meeting, contact the Council office at (909) 384-5378.

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