PAYETTE – City officials across the state of Idaho are in a unique position as they prepare to approve preliminary 2022 budgets; They need to plan the expected earnings without official state figures as these will not be made available to them until July 30th.
“This is thanks to our heads of state,” said Mayor Jeff Williams, referring to the passage of House Bill 389.
The Payette City Council approved its provisional budget in its ordinary session on Monday. The Council has based its forecast revenue and expenditure on those for the financial year 2021 and the actual expenditure for the financial year 2020.
The forecast expenditure for the 2022 financial year is listed below, including the use of the omitted collection authorization.
• Legislative and Executive: US $ 138,635
• Economic Development: $ 27,000
• Administration: $ 416,077
• Police Department: $ 1,522,398
• Enforcement of the code: $ 60,988
• Fire Department: $ 795,822
• Road and Parking Fund: $ 2,132,531
• Library Fund: $ 361,454
• Liability Insurance Fund: $ 114,143
• Recreational Fund: $ 455,382
• Airport Fund: $ 339,970
• Sidewalk Fund: $ 15,000
• Capital Improvement Fund: # 90,000
• Sanitary Fund: $ 441,140
• Water Surgery and Rehabilitation: $ 2,359,825
• Sewer and remediation: $ 3,292,893
• Revolving Loan Fund: $ 70,000
• Debt Service Fund: $ 61,699
• Project Reserve: $ 2,782,889
For comparison, the budgeted expenditure in the 2021 financial year follows.
• Legislative and Executive: $ 290,338
• Economic Development: $ 25,000
• Administration: $ 383,509
• Police Department: $ 1,405,038
• Enforcement of the code: $ 72,510
• Fire Department: $ 676,112
• Road and Parking Fund: $ 1,143,889
• Library Fund: $ 331,853
• Liability Insurance Fund: $ 110,891
• Leisure Fund: $ 404,536
• Airport Fund: $ 109,825
• Capital Improvement Fund: $ 40,000
• Sanitation Fund: $ 438,850
• Water operation and rehabilitation: $ 1,948,797
• Sewer and remediation: $ 2,723,374
• Revolving Loan Fund: $ 65,000
• Debt Service Fund: $ 61,699
• Project Reserve: $ 805,000
Estimated property taxes in 2021 were $ 2,505,436. The city’s revenue was $ 11,162,378 for 2021. The preliminary budget is based on total expected revenue of $ 15,477,846, including $ 319,027 in lost funds for the Road and Parking Fund.
The city spent a total of $ 7,299,264 in fiscal 2020 and expects to have spent $ 11,162,378 this fiscal year.
The following are a selection of items raised during the Council’s budgetary discussion.
Although not originally included in the proposed budget, the council attempted to add a part-time scholarship writer to the budget to help fund projects across the city. City Secretary Mary Cordova said that while the position is currently out of budget, the potential for revenue would be from the grant funds
Councilor Mike Kee advocated a budget of up to $ 10,000 to outsource this job, believing it was unfair for a grant writer to work unpaid until he can find grants.
A pay increase of 7% is planned for the city employees, Cordova reports. She said the raise would help make the city competitive with neighboring cities in hiring and retaining employees.
Councilor Daniel Lopez denied this claim, saying he wanted the workforce to increase by 10%.
“We’re around the corner,” he said.
Lopez added that the $ 75,000 the city budgeted for buying an additional fire truck seemed meager. Cordova noted that it would require using more lost funds to add more to this article.
“We have to shoot a higher number than [$75,000]to gain ground on it, ”said Lopez.
According to WSRB, based in Seattle, Washington, as of 2019, new fire trucks can range in price from $ 350,000 to $ 370,000 and ladder trucks can range over $ 1 million.
Regarding the American Rescue Plan Act funding, Cordova said $ 50,000 was spent on the downtown master plan, as well as a new well, Seventh Avenue North lift station project, and offsetting losses in the Payette Public Pool due to its COVID. were provided -19 closing last year.
“We actually put $ 300,000 in parking improvements,” she added. “The plan is to improve the assembly points.”
Cordova noted that several improvement projects are planned at Kiwanis Park, including the replacement of play equipment and public toilets, and the completion of the Kiwanis Youth Lodge project.
A sticking point for Councilor Craig Jensen was the River Street paving project, as several blocks near the Payette Greenbelt remain unpaved. Several blocks were paved in 2020.
Jensen suggested paving the remainder in two parts, but city engineer Doug Argo argued that it would be more cost effective to pave the rest of the section at the same time.
Kee approved the preliminary budget with an adjusted total of $ 15,662,846, supported by Lopez. The roll call vote for approval was 6-0.
A public hearing will be held on the provisional budget as well as the use of the city’s enacted collection agency for the fiscal period October 1 through September 30, 2022. The hearing will take place on August 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in Payette Town Hall.
According to Cordova, it has been at least five years since the city made use of its escaped collection agency.
In neighboring Fruitland, city clerk Suzanne Pearcy confirmed at her city council meeting on July 26th that they too would have to pass a provisional budget with no official sums.
“The agencies didn’t have enough time to get numbers into the cities before they needed them for their preliminary budgets,” Pearcy said.