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Folsom’s newly approved budget helps fire department, zoo

Zookeeper, Amy Van der Molen gives one of the tigers a treat, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. The city of Folsom’s latest budget provides money for a new “learning center” barn at the zoo.
Zookeeper, Amy Van der Molen gives one of the tigers a treat, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. The city of Folsom’s latest budget provides money for a new “learning center” barn at the zoo. lsterling@sacbee.com

The Folsom City Council unanimously passed a $110 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year Tuesday night.

Discretionary spending is expected to rise 2 percent in the fiscal year starting July 1.

The city plans to hire three firefighters and purchase fire and police vehicles. The budget also calls for $500,000 in parks improvements, including a new “learning center” barn at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, keeping the pool open year-round at Vista del Lago High School and conducting overdue maintenance at the Aquatic Center.

In the coming year, the city also plans to start widening Green Valley Road between East Natoma Street and the El Dorado County line, rehabilitate two bridges and replace streetlights.

Yet, city leaders stressed, the budget shows restraint by contributing to the city’s reserves for the fourth year in a row.

“Folsom’s balanced budget represents the City’s commitment to fiduciary responsibility and prudent, strategic planning,” Mayor Andy Morin said in a news release.

Call The Bee’s Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @BradB_at_SacBee.

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