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Council Returns To City Hall
For its next meeting on Oct. 12 the Riverbank City Council will be leaving the Community Center and returning to its City Hall chambers at 6707 Third St., now that the downtown redevelopment is complete and street parking again available.

Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Monday of each month, starting at 7 p.m.

At this meeting council will be advised to join 300 or so other local government agencies in borrowing funds to compensate its budget for the loss of that amount in property taxes borrowed by the State.

Since the State has enacted Proposition 1A to borrow property tax revenues to help balance the state budget, staff will recommend Riverbank enroll in a program designed by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority to provide agencies with their property tax revenues up front rather than having to wait three years for repayment by the state.

In the case of Riverbank, the 8 percent of property taxes the State intends to borrow will amount to $295,000.

In unfinished business, council members will take up a second reading of an ordinance amendment to establish tobacco free zones in parks (see related story); make a second attempt at adopting a final city budget; and hold another hearing on raising sewer rates.

They also are due to appoint Joey Huestis to fill a vacant seat on the downtown redevelopment committee and hear a report on the enterprise zone from Economic Development Director Tim Ogden.

Vice Mayor Dave White has placed on the agenda an item concerning health and safety issues at the wastewater treatment plant.

Staff reported the city is negotiating to acquire property adjacent to the museum with the idea of expanding the museum to display exhibits such as an antique fire truck and revolving exhibits that encourage the public to revisit at intervals.