Wilsonville City Council approves budget with tweaks
During a meeting Monday, June 1, Wilsonville City Council approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year with certain reductions to account for potential revenue shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The changes from the initial proposed budget included a $1.5 million reduction in the capital improvement fund for parks and a $700,000 reduction in expenses for travel, training, police and tourism development, resulting in a $2.1 million decrease in expenditures for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Overall, the approved budget totals $214 million.
The city also plans to discuss further spending cuts with City Council throughout the upcoming fiscal year, city manager Bryan Cosgrove previously told the Spokesman. This means that the approved budget likely won't reflect what the city will wind up spending, Cosgrove said.
"I think all of the work in developing the budget was excellent. The work of the (budget) committee was really good as well. I think the budget is a prudent one with cutting as appropriate," said City Councilor Joann Linville. "I think we also need to recognize that it will probably not look like this when we get to the end as we start to look at where revenues might change and expenditures might change as we get further into the next year."
Update on operations
Also during the meeting, Public Works Operations Manager Martin Montalvo provided an update on the city's plans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He reiterated an announcement the city made last Thursday that Wilsonville City Hall would reopen Monday, June 8, and said the city has plans for reopening other facilities as well. However, the exact dates of reopening these buildings wasn't revealed.
"Fitness, library, parks and rec will still be offered but there will be program modifications. All services for the foreseeable future (are) going to have social distancing requirements," he said.
Montalvo also noted the city has had a 90% attendance rate among staff during the pandemic and that staff members are all given masks. Wearing a mask is encouraged but only required under circumstances in which social distancing isn't possible.
"For public works, if we're in a ditch or fixing a pipe, it's really hard to maintain social distancing," he said.
Montalvo also said the library, specifically, would limit hours, services and capacity (to 25 people), building access would be limited to the central area and that library programming would continue to be provided online once it reopens. A reopening date hasn't been identified.
Montalvo also said the city is tracking the cost of the various measures they're undertaking to respond to the pandemic such as providing personal protective equipment and implementing barriers. The city has spent about $99,000 so far and may seek federal assistance money to help cover the costs.
"We knew we needed to track this to justify the expense and incur as much of the cost from other sources wherever possible," he said.
The city also extended its state of emergency, which allows it to easily allocate money for emergency use, until July 21 during the meeting.
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