After recent revitalization, Fresno City Council members suggest cutting Fulton District funding

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The City of Fresno is looking to make some budget cuts and it could be with downtown’s Fulton District.

City leaders have been pushing for Fulton’s revitalization, but they are now considering cutting $200,000 from the maintenance funds.

It was a long time dream in the making, the reopening and revitalization of downtown Fresno’s Fulton District.

“We believed Fulton was being renovated and that’s why we branched out here from Hanford,” says Bill Vang, assistant manager, Toshiko Ramen and Sushi Bar.

But Vang says he’s a little worried, after hearing that Fresno City Councilmembers Paul Capriogilo and Luis Chavez want to cut thousands of dollars from Fulton District’s maintenance funds.

“Just knowing that it might get cut down we don’t know how our business is going to be going,” Vang expressed.

Councilmember Chavez says the money is needed to hire two new bicycle police officers elsewhere in the city.

Fulton’s current budget is $675,000 with a portion of it used to maintain things like the art structures, water fountains, and streets.

But Chavez says the maintenance could be funded from other sources, like the Downtown Fresno Partnership.

“At the end of the day we have to prioritize is that what’s important to the city, is it important to have public safety there, is it important to have clean up, I think we can have both,” says Luis Chavez, Fresno City Councilmember, District 5.

Councilmember Miguel Arias represents downtown and the Fulton District. He says he’s confident things will work out.

“When the Federal government gives you $16 million to build something they expect you to maintain it,” says Miguel Arias, Fresno City Councilmember, District 3.

We reached out to the City and they say they are waiting on all the motions to be voted on before they decide how they are going to proceed.

We also reached out to the Downtown Fresno Partnership, but they did not comment.

A public hearing will be held at Fresno City Hall on Tuesday at 9 a.m., but the vote on the funding will take place this Thursday, June 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fresno City Council Chambers.

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