Menlo Park shaves budget deficit

Facing a projected deficit of $550,000 in the current fiscal year, Menlo Park's City Council at its Feb. 23 meeting compromised on cost-cutting measures that would leave the city only $300,000 in the red.

The city will defer a $100,000 capital improvement project to put solar panels in the city's corporation yard, and a $45,000 project to retrofit the council chambers. A $100,000 project to "improve" a storm drain on Hermosa Way will be paid for by a fund separate from the general operating purse.

The estimated budget deficit came in a mid-year budget forecast. The council had approved a balanced budget at the beginning of the 2009-10 fiscal year.

The unanimous vote was the result of a compromise hashed out by council members John Boyle and Andy Cohen. Mr. Boyle had initially suggested the council defer two other projects as well, while Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson had proposed that the city not cut any projects.


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