Budget hearings begin May 30

By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

After the Ridgecrest Finance Committee’s review of the 2018-19 draft budget earlier this month, the city will hold a special meeting Wednesday, May 30, to begin budget hearings.

The $15,907,449 budget includes roughly $12 million for funding the city’s 141 employees including the new positions of night/weekend wastewater supervisor ($87,454), wastewater operator ($59,491), two street maintenance workers ($68,924) and a seasonal park maintenance worker ($10,000).

One of the only significant changes this year according to City Manager Ron Strand is the city’s purchase of its own slurry seal machine for road maintenance. The city used $450,000 in remaining Tax Allocation Bond funds to purchase the equipment.

The budget also shows Measure V as funding 17 full-time officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department and a handful of employees from Public Works and Streets.

The May 30 meeting at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall will include presentations from managers and department heads. The budget must come back to the city council in June before approval. For information see ridgecrest-ca.gov/ridgecrest-city-council.

Story First Published: 2018-05-25