The property tax rate, which was lower than the initial $0.5348 proposed by City Manager Suzanne Ludlow, is still higher than the city’s constant yield rate, according to Finance Director Susan Cheung.
Spending covers the city’s 10 departments, including the police, library, public works, housing and community development, recreation, information technology, finance and human resources, along with the city manager and city clerk offices providing services for the city’s approximately 18,000 residents.
Compared to the 2017-2018 budget, all departments will have increases in their budgets.
Of the total budget, $31,522,928 is anticipated to be spent on General Fund expenditures of which $1.9 million will be allocated for streets and sidewalks.
Staffing is expected to increase by approximately 3.5 positions, which include an economic development manager, a police officer, a human resources coordinator, as well as adjustments made to part-time hours.
In addition to the General Fund, the budget also includes a stormwater management fund, special revenue funds, and a speed camera fund.
Although three of the City Council members took part in the budgeting process the first time, Damweber said, “The process did not change from last year, though it certainly went more smoothly, thanks to the returning Councilmembers and their familiarity with the process.”