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The Salmon City Council has tentatively approved the city’s proposed 2017-18 budget and a public hearing on that budget will be conducted at the July 19 City Council meeting.

City Finance Director Amy Fealko gave the council a brief overview of the tentative budget at its July 5 meeting. She said the budget total for next year is $4,952,237 which included a significant increase due to the council-approved sewer lift station upgrade. Engineering fees for the project will be $185,135 and actual construction costs will be around $1 million bringing the total to $1,185,135. Fealko said that as a result the sewer utility fund increased from this fiscal year’s $702,000 to almost $1.9 million.

She said estimated revenues will be $4,952,237. A summary of all state revenue funds shows funds have shifted somewhat since previous council budget meetings however, Fealko explained the overall total did not change. She said there has been a 15 percent increase in health insurance costs, a two percent increase in salaries and a one percent tax increase.

Councilmen Jim Baker and Jim Bockelman both complimented Fealko on the overall explanatory budget summary she had provided for the council. They said the summary had made all the budgetary aspects very clear. Copies of the summary are available at City Hall.

Part of the budget addresses any fee changes that have been made for city operated facilities and fees for processing utility disconnections as well as for Planning and Zoning signed permit fees and charges on dumping fees. Those fee changes will also be open to comment at the public hearing.

Council President Jim Baker moved to accept the proposed fiscal year 2017-18 City Budget and the motion was approved on a five to one vote with Councilman Rob Jackson dissenting.

The council passed the second reading of Ordinance 17-821 which deals with Flood Plain rules and zones. In its approval of the motion the council opted to let the ordinance proceed through the three-reading-rule in order to allow time for obtaining clarifications on some of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rules contained in the ordinance.

The council then approved the second reading of Ordinance 17-822 and waived the necessity for a third reading. That ordinance amends some flood hazard zone boundaries and was passed unanimously.

Another unanimous approval went to Keller Associates for a downtown sidewalk project scoping proposal presented by the firm’s Roger Sorenson. He explained that after three rounds of discussions with the Idaho Transportation Department the proposed time and material contract between Keller and the City of Salmon had been approved by ITD. The proposal contains the company’s scope of construction and fees for engineering services. Sorenson indicated the sidewalk project will “get going.”

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