Northwest NEWS

August 13, 2001

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Carnation to begin budget-2002 process

CARNATION - A public hearing on the 2002 budget will be held during the City Council meeting on Aug. 21, 7 p.m., at the Sno-Valley Senior Center.
   Some major issues to consider upon preparation for this budget include: 1) effects from initiative 747 (restricting property tax increases), should it pass; 2) the city is running a police levy for approximately $108,000 to help fund increasing departmental costs due in part to the expiration of COPS grants; 3) decreasing revenues due to economic downturns as well as restrictive tax laws; 4) continued increasing expenditures as the cost of living continues to rise; 5) upgrades to the city's water system and 6) additional expenditures due to a new city comprehensive plan and an economic plan.
   The city will hold two more workshops to review the proposed 2002 budget on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Oct. 9, both at 7 p.m. at City Hall. There will also be public hearings regarding the budget held at City Council meetings on Oct. 2 and 16.
   The final proposed budget for 2002 is scheduled to be available for the council and public on Monday, Oct. 5. The City Council, as well as staff, would welcome comments or suggestions from concerned citizens. The budget is scheduled to be adopted at the Nov. 6 council meeting.