CALEXICO — The City Council here voted unanimously to approve the 2001-2002 preliminary budget as the working budget for the beginning of this fiscal year.
Mayor Pro Tem John Renison stressed it is only a "working budget" because the council will address personnel requests from various city departments in upcoming weeks.
Fiscal 2001-2002 began Sunday.
At Tuesday's council meeting, City Manager Richard Inman told the council that after the budget workshop last week, he fielded requests for 32 positions that were not in the preliminary budget.
The price tag for those new employees would exceed $1.2 million.
"We obviously know we aren't going to fund a million-two," Renison said.
Councilman Javier Alatorre agreed with Renison and said he would be willing to hire "income-generating" personnel.
Councilman Gilbert Grijalva wanted to know how much money the city will be taking in the short term and long term before making decisions on personnel matters.