More deficits, only this time in Whitter

Mike Sprague reports that Whittier is facing a $1.8 million deficit.

WHITTIER – The days of easily balancing the city’s budget are over, thanks to rising sales and property taxes.

Instead, City Manager Steve Helvey will go to the City Council during an 8 a.m. Saturday study session looking for ways to balance the fiscal 2008-09 budget.

While the overall budget of $99.7 million is balanced, the key general fund isn’t. It has a projected deficit of about $1.8 million.

“On Saturday, we’ll give a list of ways we can balance the budget,” Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said. “There’s eight to 10 different ways to balance the budget.”