The residents of Longmont have the opportunity on Tuesday evening to suggest which services, programs and projects they would like to continue, expand, supplement, reduce or remove from the overall budget of the city for 2022 what the city officials have recommended.
That night, Longmont City Council will hold its first formal public hearing on the $ 389.55 million spending package presented by City Manager Harold Dominguez and his staff on August 31.
This would represent a 4.46% increase over the budget of $ 372.94 million originally approved by the Council last November for the current budget year 2021.
The income to cover the costs of the proposed municipal budget in the amount of 389.55 million costs.
However, water prices and water service fees are set to rise on January 1 as part of a multi-year series of annual water service fee increases that the council approved in 2019, details of which can be found at tinyurl.com/3j5sukhk.
The council tentatively approved a two-year tariff increase plan for Longmont Power and Communications’ electricity customers on September 14, increasing the current monthly base rates for residential homes by 2.5% in 2022 and an additional 2.5% on January 1, 2023 in the final vote the council on this rate hike is scheduled for October 26th.
The council is also considering increasing Longmont’s rainwater drainage rates by January 1st. City officials have recommended increasing this by 14.2% next year, by a further 12.1% in 2023 and by a further 12.9% in 2024, probably on October 12 for a first council vote and on December 26 October for a final council decision.
People who testify at Tuesday’s public hearing can also comment on the $ 78.52 million in investment improvement projects the staff recommended, including the budget for next year and the city in the first year in a five year $ 234.3 million capital improvement program would receive $ 234.3 million Has proposed.
While the council meeting on Tuesday evening will include the first of two formal public hearings on the proposed 2022 general budget and the 2022-2026 capital improvement program, council members heard last week from Library Council Chairman Mark Springfield asking the council to raise the $ 4 Millions recommended by the city council for the library out of a total budget of $ 389.55 million considered for 2022.
On behalf of the board, Springfield said the Longmont Library was “consistently underfunded” for a facility the size of a Longmont ward.
The council and staff have already spent portions of several meetings reviewing aspects of the staff’s budget proposals for 2022, and the public hearing on Tuesday evening is due to take place during a resumption of these reviews and staff presentations.
A second public hearing on the proposed 2022 budget is scheduled for October 5th, a meeting where the council can vote on changes staff would like to make to the spending package originally presented at the end of August. The Council will then take the first votes on budget-related regulations on October 12 and the final votes on these regulations on October 26 for the adoption of the budget.
When you go
What: Regular meeting of Longmont City Council
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Civic Center Council Chambers, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont
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