On May 24, we started the discussion with Turlock stakeholders, including our residents and taxpayers, on the need to balance our budget, do business differently and put Turlock back on sound fiscal ground.
Our immediate job was to stop deficit spending. City Manager Lawton and his staff launched an open budget discussion process on how best to deliver essential City services in the most economical manner.
Initial requests from City Department heads would have required $4.1 million in deficit spending. To most people, spending more money than they have is a foreign concept. In our City, deficit spending unfortunately has been common practice in recent years. No more.
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