The Sacramento City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on how to spend the first wave of revenue generated by a sales tax increase voters approved in November.
The council initially debated in February how to spend $5 million in funds from Measure U, but members were not satisfied with the level of service restorations City Manager John Shirey recommended.
The council asked Shirey to come back with a more robust restoration plan for fire protection and swimming pool hours, which he is doing Tuesday.
Measure U, which will raise the city sales tax rate by half a percentage point starting April 1, is expected to generate $27 million annually for the city.
A first payment of $5 million is expected to hit city coffers in June, in time to spend it in the current fiscal year.
It is that $5 million that the council is debating Tuesday.
Shirey is recommending funding a class at the Police Academy that will begin in July and result in between 40 and 50 new officers on the streets later this year; keeping firefighters on the payroll who would have lost their jobs with the expiration of a federal grant; restoring pool hours; and tending to park maintenance projects that have been set aside during the economic downturn.
The city manager also recommended that Measure U funds be used to avoid a fourth rotating closure of a fire rig in the city. At its February hearing the council said it wanted more, asking that money be used to eliminate a "brownout" currently on the books.
The council also asked that funding be used to open between nine and 11 pools this summer. Shirey had originally recommended opening six pools and five wading pools.
According to a city staff report, Shirey is recommending opening nine pools and paying for those through June 30 with the first installment of Measure U funds. Those pools are Clunie, Doyle, George Sim, Johnston, McClatchy, Pannell Center, Southside, Tahoe and Glenn Hall.