Belvedere’s anticipated budget for next fiscal year braces the city for the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic by postponing annual raises for city staff, freezing hiring for a police officer position, eliminating funding for the public-lane initiative, withholding a contribution for the Belvedere-Tiburon Public Library expansion and slashing in half spending on capital-improvement projects. At its May 11 meeting, the Belvedere City Council reviewed a conservative $8.63 million draft budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 that plans for $8.88 million in revenues, leaving about $250,000 to carry over to the city’s reserves and for emergency expenses. The draft shows Belvedere is moving forward cautiously as it emerges from a coronavirus shutdown that has dramatically decreased economic activity since mid-March. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)
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