Although city revenues bear the scars of the housing market slump, the city of Hesperia plans to hire two additional sheriff's department officers next fiscal year.

At a budget workshop Tuesday evening, city officials previewed their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009, which will be voted on at the next city council meeting.

Hesperia Director of Management Services Brian Johnson projected the city will see revenues decline by more than $4 million next year.

This year's revenues are already $7 million below previous projections. While most sources of city revenue held steady or declined slightly, development-related revenue dropped $1.7 million this year, and is projected to drop at least another $100,000 next year. Building permit fees were particularly hard hit, dropping more than $1 million as builders closed up shop, temporarily or otherwise.

Despite that, the budget calls for two additional San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officers, a deputy and a sergeant, to maintain the city's current ratio of officers to residents.

"All the other departments are at the same level or lesser levels in the new year," Johnson told council members Tuesday.

"For Fiscal Year 2007-2008, we have .64 sworn officers per thousand," city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy said Wednesday. That percentage will be going up slightly, to .65 officers per thousand residents, with the addition of the two new officers next year.

Should the budget be approved, the city will also spend $43.4 million on roads next fiscal year, more than half of the city's entire proposed capital improvement projects budget. The city will spend $10.6 million on paving and street improvements, along with $8 million from last year's street improvement project money on projects not yet completed.

Other road improvements include a new traffic signal put in at the intersection of Main Street and Rock Springs Road and a new bridge will cross the aqueduct at Escondido Avenue.

The Hesperia City Council votes on the proposed budget on Tuesday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue. The new fiscal year starts on July 1.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.