By Liset Marquez, Staff Writer l @DBOntarioNow on Twitter
Posted: 07/10/2013 04:35:06 PM PDT
Updated: 07/10/2013 04:37:35 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR — The city’s $34 million budget looks at the possibility of bringing in an additional $1.1 million in revenue, which includes a $600,0000 savings that could be achieved if the city merges its fire department with Upland’s.

Other savings could come from increased sanitation fees to commercial rate payers and an increase in other fees, totaling $145,000 in new revenue. The city’s biggest savings, anywhere between $600,000 and possibly $1 million, will depend on if an agreement with Upland could be reached on merging the fire departments, said Edward Starr, Montclair city’s manager.

“We have a balance budget without cutting personnel and we have a balanced budget without the reduction in operating costs,” Starr said.

The $34.6 million budget is a $643,804 increase from last year’s fiscal budget.

“There’s no doubt that the economy is still stagnant, slow growth and it’s just waiting for consumer confidence to build.”

Of the $1.1 million in additional revenue, $400,000 is a carryover from last year’s general fund. The City Council opted against raising the utility tax by one percent and netting the city an additional $500,000 in revenues.

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