Projects include upgrades to water mains, streets and parks in the city of Estacada

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF ESTACADA - A project outlined in the city of Estacada's budget is the addition of a splash pad to Wade Creek Park. The budget will be considered by the City Council next month.

The city of Estacada's budget committee recently approved a $13 million budget that includes a new water main, a water feature at Wade Creek Park and a variety of street-related work, among other projects.

The Estacada City Council will consider the $13,781,100 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year during a meeting next month. The budget committee approved the amount during a meeting on Tuesday, May 7.

Because the city opted not to fund the local improvement district for the Estacada Industrial Campus, this year's budget represents a 19% decrease from last year's figure. Since city leaders did not apply for the loan that the industrial campus would have repaid, the city did not receive these funds.

If the local improvement district had not been included in the city's 2018-19 budget, there would have been an approximate 6% increase in funds from last year.

Projected beginning fund balances for the 2019-20 fiscal year are estimated at $6,193,800, compared to $5,857,025 in the last budget year.

During the May 7 meeting, City Manager Denise Carey noted that property taxes have been on the rise for the past several years because of new housing developments.

"It's been nice the past few years to see that (increase)," she said. "We want to be conservative and keep a good amount in (the general fund) for when the economy goes down."

The budget dedicates $2,720,500 towards projects in the city, including $1,000,000 for a sewer main extension to serve development to the north, $679,500 for a new water reservoir to serve development to the north and west, $200,000 from an Oregon Main Street Grant to revitalize the Broadway Building and $35,000 for a water feature at Wade Creek Park.

Several additional projects focus on streets and walkability, such as $140,000 (including a $100,000 special cities allotment grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation) for improvements at the intersection of Tenth Avenue and Wade Street; $100,000 for improvements to Sixth Avenue between between Cemetery Road and Estacada High School; $100,000 to repair sections of Main Street between Southeast Third and Fifth avenues and $10,000 to improve ADA ramps in the downtown area.

The budget's general fund also includes $87,735 for administrative costs; $479,775 for non-departmental expenses such as city council, court and elections; $625,675 for police services; $380,550 for the building department; $444,200 for economic development; $283,435 for planning; $426,675 for parks and a contingency of $505,955. It also includes a 3.42% raise for city employees.

Carey noted that the last several years have been productive ones for the city.

"For the last five years, we've really been able to get a lot of every kind of projects done," she said.

Committee approves Urban Renewal budget

On Tuesday, May 7, the committee also approved the a $1,252,050 budget for the Estacada Urban Renewal Agency. The budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year includes several projects, including $50,000 for riverfront improvements and $30,000 to go with a $200,000 grant received by the Estacada Main Street Program for the Broadway Building revitalization. Funding for the agency's grant programs is also included in the budget.

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