Some 57 positions primarily for public safety, expanded library hours and restoration of fluoride in the city’s drinking water make up additions to Santa Maria’s budget, even as Cicty Council members heard dire news about the California Public Employees Retirement System.

On Tuesday night, the City Council reviewed and approved mid-cycle changes for the two-year budget spanning 2018-2020, with additions possible after voters approved the 1-cent Measure U sales tax in November 2018.

“Measure U is a big help,” City Manager Jason Stilwell said. “The community wanted improved public safety, improved quality of life and improved services for youth, and Measure U is allowing us to do that.” 

The new revenue will allow the addition of 57 full-time and part-time positions, Stilwell said.

“That’s unprecedented, so we will

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