City Of Fresno Budget Hearing Focuses On The Police Department And Public Utilities

(FRESNO , CA June 14, 2006) Fresno’s City Council focuses their attention on the proposed budget initiatives for the Fresno Police and Public Utility Departments for fiscal year 2006-2007on Thursday, June 15, beginning at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Police Chief, Jerry Dyer, will continue his presentation on the ‘smart policing’ initiatives that include video policing and the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative, a proven, successful model that uses proactive and collaborative approaches to confronting gang violence and social problems facing at-risk youth and residents.

Public Utilities Director, Rene Ramirez, will present initiatives that include the formation of a Utility Rate Commission to study current utility rates and service delivery systems, in order to create a long-term, strategic plan that includes community education and outreach on current utility rate structures.

Additional projects include construction of the Organic Upgrade project; bridging the gap between current wastewater capacity and the next large expansion at the Wastewater Treatment plant.

Following the budget presentations, Mayor Autry will be present and available for one-on-one interviews to discuss his proposed budget initiatives as requested.

For more information on tonight’s Fresno City Council Budget Hearing, contact City of Fresno Public Affairs Officer, Rhonda Jorn at (559) 621-7777 or by cellular phone at (559) 246-9035.

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

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