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Hemet City Council hears 2019-2020 may be another deficit budget year unless tough action is taken


Last updated 5/26/2019 at 10:05am

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Deanna Eliano, center, holds a proclamation from the Hemet City Council, left, Mayor Pro tem Russ Brown, Linda Krupa, Karlee Meyer, Mayor Bonnie Wright and Michael Perciful congratulating her for her many years of service to the city as its Community Development Director. Eliano retired from her position May 14.

In a lengthy city council meeting, Hemet councilmembers expressed dissatisfaction with an auditor's report and struggled with a warning by the interim city manager, the city is facing yet another deficit year unless serious action is taken to balance the budget.

The annual year-end audit made by The Pun Group accountants and presented by Lorena Rocha, director of finance reported although the city's revenue increased in the 2017-2018 year its net position also increased from a deficit of $58.5 Million in 2017 to a deficit of $95.9 million in 2018. The Pun auditors said the net position of...

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