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CITY BUDGET APPROVED 8-6-08 LMS

At the Salmon City Council August 6 meeting, City Finance Director Amy Fealko presented a power point overview of the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2008-2009. Her presentation was part of an advertised public hearing scheduled for the purpose of giving residents an opportunity to comment on how the city proposes to spend tax dollars.

Fealko highlighted key points in each budget fund and explained areas of increased as well as decreased spending. Employee salaries increased by three percent and health insurance costs have come in under anticipated levels. The largest budget difference compared to last year is the projected 50 percent increase in fuel costs. Fealko said $15,000 has been budgeted for swimming pool repairs. The city’s 2008-2009 budget totals $3,325,394.

A complete breakdown of budget figures has been published in the newspaper and posted at City Hall.

During the hearing’s opportunity for public comment Luke Prange inquired about the status of the swimming pool. Mayor John Miller reported on a meeting with the Lemhi County Commissioners to discuss a soon to expire lease on the 1.6 acres of land that contains the pool facility. He said city and county officials agreed the best avenue for funding local recreational programs and facilities is formation of a Recreation District. A decision was made to present the district idea to voters. Miller said a committee will be selected to formulate a Recreation District proposal for presentation to the public along with information as to exactly what the district would mean to taxpayers. Miller said the city has budgeted for next year’s pool operation and maintenance however moves towards a solar system for heating swimming pool water have been put on hold.

Prange volunteered to be a member of the Recreation District Committee. He also asked for and was given an explanation of what is included under the budget heading of Community Development.

There being no other public participation, the hearing was closed. Later in the meeting the budget was read three times by title only, to fulfill the three reading law, and the city’s fiscal year 2008-2009 budget was unanimously passed on each reading.


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