In Claremont, the City Council has approved the operating budget for the city in fiscal year 2017. The budget tallies in at a total of roughly $17 million and will support many utilities within town, including new fire department gear, new computer software for the library to upgrade their system, and fireworks for the July 4th celebration at Moody Park.
The Eagle Times says that the budget was finally agreed upon after four hours of discussion and fine tuning, passing with a 6-2 vote in favor.
Ultimately, the approved budget had been cut down by $50,000 as part of a final amendment proposal, but City Manager Guy Santagate has the final say into approve the cuts or not. Santagate had proposed a budget of his own earlier this year that would have cut taxes by 1%, but would have cut nearly $750,000 from the Public Works Department. The approved budget includes money to upgrade 19 sets of firefighter gear, that has become outdated and fallen below safety compliance standards.
Additionally, there will be around $13,000 for fireworks for Independence Day celebrations here in town, which should delight many residents. The budget will be enacted on July 1st at the start of the fiscal year.