SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The San Jose City Council is expected to approve a recommendation Tuesday by the mayor to open new libraries. The suggestion would target libraries that have already been built, but have been shuttered because of budget cuts.

The mayor’s budget message calls for the restoration of a number of other city services, but it’s the reopening of four branch libraries that had people who spoke at a recent city council meeting the most excited.

Mayor Chuck Reed said that the city is able to restore some cuts because of a projected $10 million budget surplus.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

”This surplus, broadly defined, is really good news, but it really is a reflection of a one-year reprieve before retirement costs continue to grow again,” said Reed.

Reed has also recommended an additional $2 million for gang prevention funding.

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