Change of Heart: Fresno City Councilman withdraws motion to cut Fulton District funding

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A Fresno City Councilman withdrew his motion to cut $200,000 from the Fulton Street maintenance budget to fund public safety in his district.

“So at this moment, I’ll be pleased to withdraw my motion for the $200,000,” District 4 City Council member Paul Caprioglio said.

Last week, Caprioglio made a motion to cut the Fulton Street maintenance, $675,000 budget by $200,000.

Caprioglio wanted to use that money to add two bike patrol officer that would be assigned in the Fresno State area that has been plagued with crime these recent months.

“In the last 48 hours, I’m proud to say that I’ve worked with Mayor Brand, Fresno business leaders, department directors to ensure Fulton Street will be maintained while keeping Fresno busiest street Shaw Avenue safe,” he said.

Downtown Fresno Partnership Board Chair Hillary Haron said she was glad the motion had been withdrawn.

“I think it shows they truly support Downtown Fresno and they want to find a way to continue to the revitalization efforts as a partner with the businesses and Downtown Fresno partnership,” she said.

The city council will have a final voter on the 2019-2020 budget during their June 27 city council meeting.

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