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Grangeville City Council to determine FY15 budget at Sept. 2 hearing

Next Tuesday, the Grangeville City Council will be considering approval of the proposed $5,426,922 fiscal year 2015 budget.

Public hearing is set for Sept. 2, starting at 7:30 p.m., during the regular city council meeting. Comment will be taken on the proposed budget for the council to consider in whether to adopt or change the figures proposed for FY15.

Set to be enacted at the start of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, the FY15 budget is a 16 percent increase ($1,061,689) from the current operating budget. The city proposes taking the allowable 3 percent increase in property tax revenue, which will total $891,641.

As part of the budget, all water and sewer fees will be increasing by 3 percent.

Several funds are proposed for increases in the coming year, largest of which is the street fund that will grow by 17.4 percent ($114,050) for a total $770,620; and the water fund will see $89,300 more (up 11.2 percent) for a total $883,584. Increases will cover a variety of expenses including a dump truck purchase, water line installation and small projects at the wastewater treatment plant.

The insurance fund will rise by $2,000 (7.4 percent) to $29,000.

The largest decrease is in the sewer fund, which drops 62.5 percent in FY15 ($1,512,560) for a total $909,039. This is due to completion of the city’s wastewater treatment plant renovation project.

The proposed FY15 budget is open for public inspection during regular business hours at city hall. Call 983-2851.


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