Fresno's proposed 2016 budget focuses on public safety, financial stability

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Financial stability and public safety are the focus for the city of Fresno in 2016.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin unveiled the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 Monday afternoon, and she says the city wants to add staffing to the police department and a new fire company to the downtown area.

The nearly $1.25 billion budget also addresses the general reserve fund, which City Manager Bruce Rudd says should be more than $15 million by the end of fiscal year 2016.

"There's all sorts of other things that could've been added to the list but it would only potentially jeopardize the future of the organization and our ability to sustain those levels of services over the long run," said Rudd.

Rudd says the budget also proposes $5 million for repairs and renovations for parks, streets and trails throughout the city.

The City Council has until June 30 to approve the proposal.

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