"We just found $400,000," Mayor Toni Iseman said.
The council banked $100,000 in the parking fund and earmarked $300,000 for line item Sidewalks, Complete Streets and Pathways without identifying specific projects, swayed by the Temple Hills Pathways Committee presentation and Complete Streets supporters
"What tremendous foresight Joe Thurston had when he established the original city tract maps with 5-foot public walkways as integral parts of his layout in 1921," said Caroline Wright, a Temple Hills resident.
"Since that time, the pathways have been used by children as routes to walk to and from school and by others to get up and down the hill."
The paths are publicly owned lots, long identified as egress for hillside residents in an emergency. All but one of seven has fallen into disrepair and some of them are nearly impassable, reported committee member Lou Novak.
For a start, Novak recommended improving the Coast View Drive paths that serve residents on three streets.
Environmental Committee member Chris Prelitz said the city should fund sharrows, painted symbols on streets to indicate bicycle traffic without separate lanes, and for dedicated lanes.
"Eco-tourists want to go places they can ride bikes and walk," Prelitz said.
Tourism continues to be a major factor in the city's budget, second only to property tax as a revenue source.
Property taxes account for more than 56% of the city's spendable income, estimated at $25.4 million in the 2011-12 draft budget. Bed taxes are expected to bring in $4.4 million, 9.8% of the total revenue in the next fiscal year. Sales taxes are projected at $3.10 million.
Property taxes have consistently beaten, even if not by much, county projections, said Gavin Curran, city director of finance and information technology.
Despite the uncertainties of the economy, City Manager John Pietig said revenue projections for Laguna are looking up.