As the council heads into the final weeks before taking a holiday in July, city officials are reviewing "big picture" items such as the budget and the housing element.
The agenda for the May 22 meeting includes a public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-13. Staff recommend increasing the tax on hotel guests from 10 percent to 12 percent, which could add more than $560,000 annually to Menlo Park's general fund, but not changing the utility users tax. The budget also proposes cost-cutting measures such as eliminating paper council agenda packets to save $10,000 a year, sharing services with other city entities, and delaying the replacement of $100,000 worth of police cars for one year.
The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St., following a closed session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss settlement of a lawsuit filed over the city's failure to comply with state housing law.