Chico budget season begins Tuesday

Chico >> It’s city budget season again.
The City Council will hear the first budget presentation for the 2017-2018 fiscal year on Tuesday.
City Manager Mark Orme will provide an overview of the General Fund and budgets for police, fire, city manager, city clerk, city attorney and administrative services/finance departments.
However, council members may have questions or topics they would like city staff to consider or prepare before the final budget is presented for review on June 6.
The meeting starts 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 421 Main St.
Oxidation pond access Also at the meeting, bird-watching enthusiasts may have a chance to regain access to the holding ponds, also known as the oxidation ponds, at the Water Pollution Control Plant.
Fencing was deemed too costly by city staff with a $143,000 price tag and other priority projects.
City Public Works Operations and Maintenance Director Erik Gustafson is recommending the city work with Altacal Audubon Society and seek state approval for occasional restricted public access for bird viewing activity.
Rare birds, fowl that are only spotted every five to 20 years, are often spotted at the ponds.
About the Author Ashiah Scharaga covers general news and government in Chico.

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