Council set to approve budget |

Council set to approve budget

South Lake Tahoe’s financial blueprint for next year should be laid out tonight at 6.

The City Council is likely to approve a $48.3 million budget that comes up $3 million short of balancing. This includes Lake Tahoe Airport enterprise funds, redevelopment debt and capital projects.

General fund money amounts to $21.4 million — $1.2 million short of projected revenues.

Mayor Brooke Laine called the anticipated balancing of the 2002-03 budget using $1 million in state Public Employee Retirement System money and $1.2 million in reserves as “unfortunate.” The budget goes into effect today.

PERS funds will soon be unavailable.

“Philosophically, I’m opposed to those means to balance the budget; however, the city’s back is against the wall,” Laine said, referring to a staff and resources already stretched thin.

The staff gave a lean and mean look at its internal operations during a special meeting last week.

Shelter for its citizens will also be considered during a presentation on affordable housing under a state home grant program.

The council may also adopt an ordinance that prohibits camping within city limits outside designated campsites. The threat of fire prompted the new law, which was approved two weeks ago in its first reading.

The council kicks off tonight’s meeting held in council chambers at 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd. by recognizing fire prevention week Oct. 7-13 and domestic violence awareness month.

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