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11/6/2013 10:24:00 AM
Chelan City Council continues budget discussion
Matt Baide
Staff Writer

Chelan City Council and staff had a meeting last Tuesday to discuss the 2014 preliminary budget.
City staff shared it's 2014 property tax proposal at the meeting. If the total available amount in property taxes is taken in 2014, the city would receive about $1,175,917. The amount is an increase of $82,307 over 2013.
The property tax proposal had two clauses. The first proposal was to move the revenue generated from the Lakeview Drive In lease revenue to the Parks and Recreation fund. Staff explained that it makes sense because many customers that use the parks are the customers of the drive-in.
The second part of the proposal is the council take the banked capacity plus the 1 percent allowed for 2014, increasing revenues to the street fund by about $61,730, with the funds being put into the Street Capital Fund to aid in the continuance of the street preservation program. Staff said the proposal would add about $18,000 to the Street Projects Fund and the proposal would increase property taxes by approximately $10.52 per $1,000 in assessed value.
Chelan council and staff also addressed some capital item requests to be considered for the 2014 budget. The new proposals for the capital improvement fund were $10,000 for window replacement in City Hall Building, and irrigation system for the new library at $3,500 and a new computer and tablets for building planning at $7,500.
In the streets fund project, the only new addition is two electric car charging stations, which is estimated to cost $9,200.
The Parks and Recreation department had many additions to the 2014 budget. The notable requests are a Staff-Parks Office assistant at $9,300, a revised proposal for golf cart replacement at Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course for $44,000 and a comprehensive plan update valued at $50,000.
The Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course had some requests, including a Bedknife grinder at $19,430, a spin/relief grinder at $41,930 and a sprayer at $15,000.





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