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Tonight: Budget, housing on Menlo Park agenda

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.

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Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

On housing we need to figure out on how to design homes that will blend into Menlo Park. Use of 2 to 3 story homes, with common open space, courtyards, low rises that look and feel like a it will be a single family home. Different sizes will help, not everyone wants a large family, large home, other do. Use of desnity to creak open spaces will work instead of large homes and small lots, create smallish homes with decent space. Create stores with housing above that shop owners can rent or buy, that way we can keep the small businesses in M.P. Add more parks that some space can be come schools when the time is needed.


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