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City leaders review draft of upcoming fiscal budget

Members of the Merced City Council on Monday night received their first look at a preliminary budget plan for the 2024-25 fiscal year — one that totals $422.5 million. “You are going to see a budget that is balanced, and it also takes into consideration some deferred issues that need to be addressed,” City Manager Scott McBride told the council…

City leaders get back to business for new year

Well perhaps some of the last words spoken at Tuesday night’s Merced City Council meeting will be the most prophetic as our local government begins a new year that will be marked by town halls and budget planning meetings in the days to come. “Obviously there’s ups and downs on the Council, but just look at all the good work we did tonight,”…

New fire station plan receives boost

The Merced City Fire Department has been the focus of public safety funding initiatives in recent days. State Assemblywoman Esmeralda Soria presented Fire Chief Derek Parker with a check for $4 million on Nov. 9 to support the construction of Fire Station 56 in north Merced. The support comes as the chief also seeks an approval at the City…