City’s budget outlook sunnier than expected

Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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Daily Post Staff Writer

The city of Palo Alto’s budget outlook is not as dire as projected: The city is hiring nine new employees and is on pace to bring in $5 million more than was budgeted this year.

Five of the new employees will be firefighters, and their salaries will be paid for three years by a federal grant.

This week, the council agreed to give City Manager Ed Shikada two new assistants and to hire a receptionist for the Development Center. The police department will also hire a public communications officer after the position was eliminated last year. …

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