Fresno City Street Funds in Jeopardy

June 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Governor Schwarzenegger will visit Fresno Thursday and there's a good chance he'll get an earful from city hall.The state is proposing to take money from the city's street maintenance fund as part of its plan to fix California's budget.

The loss of street maintenance funds worth between nine and 13,000,000 dollars could affect over 50 jobs. Money would be lost for paving streets, fixing potholes and to power and maintain some 38,000 street lights.

Ashley Swearengin, Fresno Mayor said, "It is nothing short of robbery. It is nothing short of breaking a contract between the people of California, when they said yes to allow these gas tax dollars to be used in a certain way."

Mayor Swearengin's message for the Governor tomorrow will be "Borrow but don't take", that way the city can arrange short-term financing to deliver services.

The Fresno City Council also voted to join the league of California cities in a lawsuit against the State over the budget cuts. But a lawsuit can't be filed until the state budget is finalized.

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