By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/15 – 7:57 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> With its sights on the airport, the City Council has unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

“The City of Ontario has a strong record of adopting conservative fiscal policies, creating responsible partnerships with our labor groups, and providing the residents of Ontario with stability and a healthy community,” said Mayor Paul Leon in a news release. “This budget delivers on our commitment.”

The total overall budget is $491.95 million and was balanced without the use of any reserves or one-time monies, officials said.

The city’s primary goal is sill regaining control of the L.A. Ontario International Airport, but public safety is also high on the budgetary list, with funding allocated for a new police helicopter, facility improvements at the Police Department, funding for a fire training tower, fleet vehicle enhancement and renovations of Fire Station No. 2, which opened in 1983.

“Ontario continues to provide the highest level of public safety services to our residents, businesses, and visitors,” said Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada in a news release. “Our reputation as the strongest job growth center in the region is a result of a pro-active economic development strategy and a simple commitment to our community: We will invest in tools and resources that contribute to a safe and prosperous community.”

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