About 3,000 streetlights are in need of repair in the City of Fresno and the Fresno City Council will discuss using money from Measure C to make those repairs.
But Mayor Ashley Swearengin wants the Measure C money used for downtown revitalization.
Councilman Lee Brand says fixing the lights should be a top priority. "Even though we're in a really difficult situation financially, this is a top priority. Number one, from a public safety point of view. Number Two, once we get it done, we're going to free up that money for something else," said Brand.
At a community meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Swearengin spoke about the struggles the city is facing with the streetlights. "We have seen a dramatic reduction in revenue in the city of Fresno and our expenses have gone up. We've seen some service level downgrades. Streetlights is a great example. There are 41,000 streetlights in the city. About 3,000 of them are out today and we only have a crew of two to go around and fix the streetlights," said Swearengin.
The Fresno City Council will have a workshop on the Transit Oriented Development Funds before deciding what to do with the money.
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