Council approves $13M budget
A water feature at Wade Creek Park is just one of the projects included in the city of Estacada's budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
Estacada City Councilors approved the $13 million budget during a meeting on Monday, June 24.
The budget dedicates $2,720,500 toward projects in the city, including $1 million 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 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; $703,675 for police services; $380,550 for the building department; $444,200 for economic development; $283,435 for planning; $426,675 for parks; $229,775 for materials and services and a contingency of $505,955. It also includes a 3.42% raise for city employees.
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% in-
crease in funds from last year.
During a previous budget committee meeting, City Manager Denise 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.
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