The Clovis City Council adopted a $186 million budget Monday night that increases the city's cash reserves in 2011-12 to near 10%, repairs roads and builds two new parks.
The city expects to collect nearly its previous peak in sales tax revenues and higher property tax revenues. It will spend about $16 million on road repairs, including work on Clovis Avenue in downtown, a new pet-adoption center, and two new parks at Barstow and DeWolf avenues and Temperance and Sierra avenues.
Sales tax revenues in 2011-12 should come close to the city's previous peak in 2007-08, finance director Jamie Hughson said.
"It's taken us four years to get back to where we were," she said.
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The city's general fund, which pays for public safety, senior and recreation programs, and some road projects, totals $53.8 million.
Hughson said she wants the city to have a 15% general fund budget reserve in the coming years, or about $8 million.
City officials began planning for difficult financial times in 2008. Over the past three years, the city had to lay off part-time workers and some full-time employees to balance budgets. The new city budget is balanced and no layoffs are planned.
For three years, employees have given wage concessions as high as 5.74% of salary and benefits. City employees are not being asked to take wage concessions, but the city is not proposing any across-the-board raises.
Residents will pay 4% more for trash pickup, 15% more for water and 14% more for sewer services. The water- and sewer-rate hikes are needed to help cover the costs of new water- and sewage-treatment plants.
The new budget year begins on July 1.