As of Tuesday, December 13, 2016
PROSSER The proposed 2017 budget is on a special City Council meeting agenda tonight.
The council will accept comments during a final hearing for the budget.
Officials are proposing a general fund of $5.5 million for the day-to-day expenses for the city.
Over all, the budget proposal for next year calls for $28.2 million.
Besides the general fund, other expenditures forecast include $3.9 million for the sewer fund, $3.3 million for the water fund and $1.6 million for a wastewater improvement project.
Previously, the council approved a 1 percent property tax increase.
During its Nov. 25 meeting, the council also tentatively approved utility rate increases.
The increases include 3 percent for water and 2 percent for sewer. They are subject to approval during the meeting on Dec. 13.
Both increases were less than originally proposed.
The council was initially asked to consider a 4 percent water increase and an 8.7 percent increase for bulk water use.
The increases were reduced due to a concern they were “…aggressive and would put a burden on some of the public,” Nov. 25 meeting minutes show.
In addition, the council stated a reluctance to raise rates “… which will negatively impact industry and burden home owners.”
As for the sewer rate, it was originally proposed to increase by 4.5 percent.
In other business, the council is scheduled to confirm appointments by Mayor Randy Taylor to various city boards and commissions.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 601 Seventh St.