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Sac City Council Rethinks Measure U Reserve


The Sacramento City Council is asking for a new plan to spend more Measure U sales tax revenues on immediate parks, police, and fire department needs and less on a reserve fund.

That's a turnaround from last week, when the City Council approved a plan that would set aside enough Measure U money each year to ease the transition when the sales tax increase expires in 2019.

Dawn Holm with the Finance Department says the city manager's budget proposal includes an increase of $11 million in Measure U money for the fiscal year that starts in July.

"One thing we've learned since adding Measure U and all of the positions we've added in the past, we didn't quite add enough spots to deal with the increased demand of our summer programs, our teen hot spots and our community centers."

Holm says about 40-percent of the new money -$4.7 million would go to city operations - including nearly 27 more parks and recreation maintenance workers.

The city has also proposed spending $4 million in Measure U funds for new fire stations, a million dollars for a young-minorities hiring program, and half-a-million dollars for police department overtime.

Voters approved Measure U's half-cent sales-tax increase in 2012 to restore city services that were lost during the recession.

The city has proposed spending $42 million dollars in Measure U funds this year.

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