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.