/ Modified may 9, 2017 12:03 p.m.

Tucson Budget Stabilizing as City Watches Spending

City manager recommends $1.3B budget, with small surplus to end this fiscal year.

The Tucson City Council is looking at how much money it will have for the fiscal year that begins in July, and the city manager has recommended a $1.3 billion budget.

Tucson revenues are likely to be slightly under budget for the current fiscal year, which has forced the city to be careful about hiring and spending, according to a city manager’s memo to the City Council.

Tucson Manager Michael Ortega has been trying to stabilize the city budget, which was in the red several years in a row before he was hired. Despite that, the city will end this fiscal year in June with more than $15 million in extra cash.

Ortega proposes using most of that on one-time expenses, such as software upgrades and buying police and fire vehicles.

The projected budget is written without the sales-tax increase on this month’s ballot. It would add a half-cent per dollar if voters approve it next week. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the budget May 23, and vote in late June.

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