SUISUN CITY — The City Council got some good budget news Tuesday.
“It’s great to know we have a more promising future budget,” Mayor Pete Sanchez said after a presentation by the city’s Finance Department that projects no layoffs, no pay cuts and no cuts in services for the fiscal year 2013-14. “All other cities are looking at us with envy.”
The council praised city employees for their willingness to make concessions during the past few years.
“When you look at the last five years, this is monumental,” City Manager Suzanne Bragdon said.
The Finance Department projects a 5 percent increase in property tax and a 3.5 percent increase in sales tax for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The review also suggested that the selective hiring freeze and concessions made by city employees remain in effect.
The council will get the budget at the end of May and should vote on it in June.
In other business:
The Police Department’s cadet program members were presented to the council and audience. A lighthearted video featuring the eight cadets in training was shown.
“There will be a sequel (to the video),” Police Chief Ed Dadisho said. “I think that they will name it something like ‘Suisun 911.’ ”
He was referring in jest to the Comedy Central police show called “Reno 911.” The cadet program had been on hiatus for a few years.
The city was also presented with a trophy for being the SoFit city for having the most residents in last year’s SoFit challenge.
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