The Merced City Council said it will hold an adjourned study session at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, to discuss organizational sustainability. In light of a pending $4-5 million gap in the general fund budget, the council said it's been asked to provide staff with some policy direction on how to address the problem of funding city operations.
Over the last four years the city said it's been able to use reserves and one-time money to fill the budget gap, but the reserves are expected to be used up within the next two years.
The council said it already has directed staff to hire a consultant to poll the community to see if a utility or sales tax measure would receive enough votes to pass.
After the study session, the council will meet in closed session to meet with its labor negotiators.
The meeting will be held in the Sam Pipes Room on the first floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
The council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers before the meeting. Request to Speak cards are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the city's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the council.