Heights sees budget surplus

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

The city of La Habra Heights approved a budget that calls for a surplus of just over $100,000.  The approved budget marks the first time the city has had extra money in about three years for the city’s budget.
The unanimous approval of the $5.3 million budget at the June 16 council meeting included a great deal of discussion on purchases to be included in the budget.  LH Heights Seal
The council approved to work with the La Habra Heights Improvement Association to purchase a new monument sign at The Park on Hacienda.
Concerns have been raised about public safety with the sign because of its size and deterioration.  The LHHIA was looking to purchase a new sign, but the proposed bids for a new sign were around $10,000.
Mayor Kyle Miller and Councilman Michael Higgins echoed the council’s concern for public safety and that the LHH Council also wanted to see the sign replaced.  The council approved to pay half of the cost of the sign, contingent upon LHHIA paying the other half.
Councilwoman Jane Williams motioned to replace the city’s aging phone system. The council approved the purchase unanimously.
The city’s budget includes a surplus based of higher oil tax revenue and slightly higher property tax revenue and the elimination of some staff positions and fewer contracted consultants.
The sharpest increase  to the city’s expenses is in the contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  The increase of nearly $53,000 is due to increased liability costs put forth by the LACSD.
Another increase to the budget include $33,337 to the Public Works budget. The council discussed that this could include items like sinkhole repair. The council further discussed repairs to guardrails along Hacienda Boulevard.

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