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CITY BUDGET HEARING SET 7-6-16 LMS

City Finance Directory Amy Fealko gave the July 6 meeting of the Salmon City Council a brief overview of the cityís 2016-17 proposed budget.

She explained why the budget is higher than last yearís, where the increases took place and why. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions about the budget and make comments at a public hearing set for 6:15 PM July 20 in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

The General Fund total is $1,639,998.00. When the Cemetery Fund, Streets and Alleys Fund, Water Utility Fund, Sewer Utility Fund and Local Option Tax Fund are added to the General Fund balance the grand total is $4,231,144.00.

Copies of the detailed proposed City Budget and fee changes are available at City Hall.

The council approved the tentative proposed budget on a roll call vote of five to one with Rob Jackson casting the only no vote.

A few weeks ago there was a suggestion that the two public comment opportunities at city council meetings be reduced to one and the proposal was placed on the July 6 meeting agenda for a discussion and decision.

Presently there is a comment opportunity early in the meeting and another towards the end of the meeting. Five councilmen agreed the two comment periods should be left as is. Councilman Neal James thought one comment period at the end of the meeting is enough. He said, ďItís not a roundtable discussion. Itís a City Council meeting.Ē On a vote of five to one Salmon City Council meetings will continue to include two public comment opportunities.

Finance Director Fealko announced an opportunity to meet with Idaho Counties Risk Management Program personnel on Tuesday, July 12. The ICRMP presentation will be given twice, once at 9AM and again at 1PM. ICRMP is the legal representative for the city and the county. She said the county has made attendance mandatory for its elected officials and department supervisors. Mayor Leo Marshall urged council attendance and said the presentations undoubtedly have to do with something new about which elected officials need to know.


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