As of Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Area council meetings this week:
• Cottonwood City Council will host a public hearing on FY17 budget proposal and intent to use the foregone tax levy at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Cottonwood City Hall, 501 Main Street.
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• Kooskia City Council public hearing was held at 6 p.m. Aug. 10. The city approved its budget proposal for FY17 and it will be enacted beginning Oct. 1.
• Riggins City Council held its public hearing at 6 p.m. Aug. 10. No information was available at press time on any action that may have been taken regarding its budget proposal.
• Information on the FY17 budget from the City of Stites was not available at press time.
• White Bird City Council will host a budget hearing on Aug. 25.
Budgets are open to public inspection prior to the meetings by contacting the respective city halls: 962-3231, Cottonwood; 962-5640, Ferdinand; 926-4684, Kooskia; 628-3394, Riggins; Stites, 926-7121; and 839-2294, White Bird. Public comment on budget proposals will be taken at city meetings and public hearings until the budget is accepted and approved.
Budget proposals for fiscal year 2017 led discussions in area council meetings this week. Aside from the Ferdinand City Council, Cottonwood, Kooskia and Riggins city councils also talked about finances for the coming year.
Ferdinand City Council is proposing a $85,493.00 budget for FY17, a 37.33 percent decrease from the previous year. The FY17 budget is down $50,920 from the FY16 budget, which was $136,413. If approved, the budget goes into effect Oct. 1.
City Clerk Angie Reiner said there will be no change in property taxes or city fees. The city has a water bond requiring them to keep water fees level until the bond expires. Any overages the city has will be used down the road to cover expenses in the water system.
Increases in line items for FY17 include: general and administration budget increasing 13.8 percent, up $340 to $2,940; office and postage up 44.67 percent or $545 to $1,765; advertising jumps 92 percent to $864 up $414; insurance jumps 166.08 percent to $2,714, up $1,694; professional fees increasing 26.36 percent, up $580 to $2,780; wages and payroll taxes increasing 37.02 percent, up $4,104 to $15,190; and utilities increasing slightly by 4.17 percent to $5,667, up $227.
No monies were allotted to the following line items in the FY17 budget proposal: capital improvement, down 100 percent from $500 in FY16; grants down by 100 percent from $50,000 in FY16; and TV fund down 100 percent from $180 in FY16.
Decreases in line items for FY17 include: dues and subscriptions down 44.24 percent or $611 to $770; fire station declines 56.6 percent to $434, down $566; repairs down 69.33 percent to $460, a decrease of $1,040; the street fund decline 22.35 percent to $10,192, down $2,934; the sewer fund decreases by 8.54 percent to $6,137, down $573; and the water fund lowers 6.37 percent, down $2,420 to $35,580.
A public hearing on the FY17 budget proposal will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Ferdinand City Hall, 407 Main Street.