THE City Council is now conducting a full-blast study of the proposed city budget to fast track its approval.

Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas said the body decided to forego holding regular sessions for the whole month in favor of scrutinizing the proposed budgets for the various departments of the City Government and ensure approval the soonest possible time.

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Fariñas said the Council is looking at the possibility of adopting a budget worth P1.1 billion which is slightly higher than the proposed executive budget of P1.05 billion.

He said a five-man committee is now on hand to review the budgets submitted by the departments.

"We are confident that we can finish the deliberations and adopt the new budget in no time at all," Farinas said.

At present, the city is operating on a reenacted budget.

Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. has proposed an executive budget of P1,042,183,000 for next year, which is higher by P42,183,000 from the current budget.

As proposed, the estimated income will come from the beginning balance of P120,000,000; local taxes amounting to P277,450,000; permits and licenses - P14,750,000; service income - P38,925,000; business income - P59,170,000; other income of P120,000,000 and Internal Revenue Allotment - P411,888,000.

The expense category is distributed as follows: P381,713,000 for personal services; P365,690,000 for maintenance and other operating expenses; P76,336,000 for capital outlay; P85,190,000 for non-office; P87,145,000 as development fund; and P46,109,000 for calamity or reserve fund.

In his budget message, the mayor said the focus of the city's development efforts this year will be on addressing "concerns on environmental sustainability specifically on solid and liquid waste management and clean air." (Aileen P. Refuerzo)