Garden Grove Journal
Recommendations by city staff on how to trim the municipal budget will be taken up by the council. At its March 20 meeting, the council directed City Manager Carol Jacobs to come up with a plan to trim $1 million from spending for 2012-3.
Stanton is under financial pressure not just because of the lingering effects of the Great Recession, but also from rising costs of police and fire services which are provided by the County of Orange.
Even if voters approve a proposed increase in the utility users’ tax, the city coffers would run dry by 2016 without significant increases in revenue or reductions in expenses.
At an adjourned meeting last week, the council concluded that most efforts to attract new business were probably too expensive to implement.
Related to the $1 million reduction, the council will be asked to dissolve the city’s recreation and parks commission in view of the likely reductions in that field.
Also on the agenda for Tuesday is a letter to Golden State Water Company notifying that firm of the city’s intention not to renew its franchise in 2014. Golden State is proposing steep increases in the cost of water it supplies to the city, claiming the need to upgrade infrastructure of the system.
Additionally, the council will consider rescinding an earlier action to begin annexation of the Carmel/Lampson unincorporated area. The property owner of the county-run “island” has asked the city to stop its plans to bring the land within Stanton city limits.
The Stanton City Hall is at 7800 Katella Ave. (at Cedar Street), west of Beach Boulevard.