DUBLIN -- City leaders debuted Dublin's first two-year budget Tuesday which include plans for one new police officer, restored hours for the library and the addition of four new parks by July 2014.
The City Council voted 5-0 to approve an $82.6 million budget for 2012-13 and a $76.5 million budget for the following fiscal year. Next year's budget, which starts July 1, includes the new officer and two additional library hours to be determined later.
Dublin was forced to reduce its operating budget of $59.6 million by $4.5 million in 2009-10 due to the down economy. The reductions included the loss of one officer and reduced services at the library. Dublin contracts out its police services to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.
"We are slowly starting to exhale," said Councilwoman Kasie Hildenbrand about the improved outlook, "We are now adding things back that we had to take out."
The council voted in June 2010 for a one-year $72 million budget for 2011-12 that included the loss of 14 hours at the library, including no service on Fridays, and the loss of one police officer.
A new officer is expected to start July 1.
As part of the approved budget, permanent employees receive a 1.75 percent raise or half of the 3.5 percent Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners.
The new two-year budget includes just over $22 million for capital improvements and the addition of four community parks -- Positano Hills, Passatempo,
"It looks like we have a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel," said Councilman Kevin Hart. "We are expanding with our capital improvement program, and not every community has the opportunity that we have."
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