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FY19 Grangeville $5.897M budget up 7 percent; hearing set Sept. 4

3 percent increase sought in water, sewer fees

A chipseal is applied along a south side street in Grangeville in August 2017.

Photo by David Rauzi
A chipseal is applied along a south side street in Grangeville in August 2017.

— The City of Grangeville is proposing a nearly 7 percent increase in its fiscal year 2019 budget. That $381,700 increase from the current operating year is part of the tentative $5,897,860 budget the council will consider for adoption at a public hearing next month.

Within that proposal is a 164 percent increase in the recreation fund, increased $360,455 for a total $579,890; and a 25 percent increase (up $170,000) in the street fund for a total $841,050.

According to city clerk, Tonya Kennedy, the recreation fund increase is due to two proposed projects at Pioneer Park. One is budgeting grant funds the city may receive that will go toward ADA improvements. The second is $300,000 the city pledged toward a proposed band shell project, which would be available were the work to begin in the coming fiscal year.

The street fund increase reflects a $175,000 seal coat project proposed for the coming year. Seal coat work is conducted every other year.

The proposed $993,063 property tax levy — a 3 percent increase from the current operating budget — comprises nearly 17 percent of total revenue for FY2019. Making up a sizeable chunk of city revenues – 42 percent of the total — for the coming year include $959,100 for the sewer fund, $909,500 for the water fund and $600,000 for the sanitation fund.

As part of the proposed budget, the council will be also considering 3 percent increases in water and sewer fees, as well as fees for the city pool. No rate increase is planned for solid waste.

Septic waste dumping fees at the wastewater treatment plant are also proposed to be increased.

“We’re way behind in what we’re charging,” said public works director Jeff McFrederick at the Aug. 20 city council meeting.

Current fee is 10 cents per gallon, and the proposal is to implement a $250 annual capacity fee plus 35 cents per gallon. The impact would be mostly to businesses and public entities that use porta-potties or that pump and dispose of septic waste.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at the Tuesday, Sept. 4, city council meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Copies of the budget are available to view or request through city hall, 208-983-2851.


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