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Kooskia near FY17 approved budget

Other area cities just beginning budget talks

The Kooskia City Council moved towards approving the budget for the 2017 fiscal year at its public hearing on July 13. The city proposed a 1.39 percent increase (up $11,820) from the current operating budget of $850,000. If approved, the FY17 budget will be $861,820 starting Oct. 1.

As proposed in the FY17 budget, the general fund would decrease by 32 percent (down $62,785) for a total of $132,050.

Proposed to increase would be the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) by 0.8 percent (up $800) to $94,400. The street fund would increase 28 percent (up $64,870) to $229,870; parks and recreation up 51.6 percent ($4,975) to $9,650; water up 2.8 percent ($3,830) to $139,230; and sewer would increase 0.2 percent (or $130) to $61,000.

The sanitation, ambulance and revitalization fund all remained unchanged, respectively, at $93,420, $101,200 and $1,000.

Water and sewer rates will increase 3 percent as part of the proposed FY17 budget. Sanitation rates will rise 2.8 percent; and the WWTP assessment will go up by three percent. Property taxes will increase as allowed by law, which is a 3 percent increase.

The budget for fiscal year 2015 was $850,000, to be appropriated as follows: general fund, $194,835; street fund, $165,000; park and recreation fund, $4,675; water fund, $135,400; sewer fund, $60,870; WWTP, $93,600; sanitation, $93,420; ambulance fund, $101,200; and revitalization fund, $1,000.

The budget is open to public inspection prior to meetings by contacting city hall at 926-4684. The first reading of the budget to consider for adoption will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at city hall.

Other area budget discussions include:

Cottonwood held a special budget hearing Monday, July 25, in the Cottonwood Community Hall.

Ferdinand is just beginning to put together its budget. The council plans to address a proposal at its Aug. 9 meeting.

Riggins hosted a special meeting Wednesday, July 20, to review its proposal for the FY17 budget.

• Information from Stites and White Bird was not available at press time.


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