Turlock's budget is now in the hands of the full City Council - and city employee unions - as the Budget Subcommittee wrapped up their work Friday afternoon.
The Turlock of 2030 has been narrowed down to four defined visions with two clear frontrunners, but the question remains: Should Turlock grow entirely to the southeast or in a more compact plan that spreads new homes between the northwest and southeast?
What had once been considered a possible case of fraud at the City of Turlock was chalked up to misinformation on Tuesday night.
The axe came down again at the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
Victims of workplace discrimination will have a new opportunity to file complaints locally, as the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will begin offering office hours on some Sundays in Modesto.
The City of Turlock receives millions of dollars each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but in order to be eligible for funding the city must complete a Consolidated Plan explaining how it will use the money.
The Turlock City Council shifted $5.35 million from overfunded self-insurance accounts into General Fund reserves during a special meeting Wednesday night, but questions lingered as to how those accounts became so inflated in the first place.
The cuts kept coming at the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
The Turlock Citizens Coalition, a group opposing the installation of a new synthetic turf track and all-weather field at Turlock High School's Joe Debely Stadium, has dropped its lawsuit against the City of Turlock, the Turlock City Council, the Turlock Redevelopment Agency, and the three individual council members who voted in favor of the project - Ted Howze, Amy Bublak and Kurt Spycher.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a revised budget proposal on Friday which he said would see the state "live within its means" by adding no new taxes but making "terrible" cuts to reduce $19.1 million in costs - including elimination of the state's welfare to work program, most childcare for the poor, and 60 percent of mental health funding.
Stanislaus County redevelopment agencies are $13 million poorer this week, following a Monday state deadline to relinquish local funds to help pay for state obligations.
The City of Turlock will face a less severe budget deficit than originally estimated, but cuts still need to be made. On Thursday, the Turlock City Council budget subcommittee took a look at the police and fire budgets, entertaining suggestions that could see Turlock's K-9 program cut.
The rollercoaster of planning the City of Turlock's 2010-2011 budget has had its ups and downs, but Tuesday's meeting of the budget subcommittee ended on a high point, namely, the discovery of approximately $4 million in effective General Fund reserves.
The Hughson City Council decided at Monday's meeting to go with the cheaper and more experienced services of the Stanislaus County Elections Office for the upcoming recall election. The decision came after council members learned that if the city ran their own recall elections the cost could be as high as $57,400; whereas the county said they could run the election for a maximum total cost of $23,000.
On Friday afternoon, the Third District Court of Appeal denied a request for a temporary stay on a $1.7 billion state taking of local redevelopment funds.
Alta Planning and Design has created over 100 active transportation plans for communities across the state and is presently working on the City of Turlock's first plan with the vision of creating "a seamless walking and bicycling network" in the town.
Tuesday was a night of firsts for Gary Soiseth and Matthew Jacob, who were both sworn in as mayor and council member, respectively, before taking their seats behind the council dais alongside Bill DeHart, who was sworn in for his second term.
While the final numbers won't be in for several months, the outlook is positive for the City of Turlock which doesn't anticipate needing to dip into reserves for the 2013-2014 fiscal year as revenues exceed expenses by just over $1.35 million.
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