Tumwater budget adopted

Council unanimously OKs $103.7 million plan aimed at updating facilities, hiring

ckrotzer@theolympian.comDecember 8, 2012 

The Tumwater City Council adopted a budget this week that focuses on updating facilities and filling a handful of dark positions.

At its regular meeting Thursday, the council unanimously approved a $103.7 million budget after a final adjustment agreeing to upgrade and replace the carpets at the Timberland Regional Library in Tumwater.

“The focus of this budget is on facilities,” said Mayor Pete Kmet. “Of course we are expanding the police wing and City Hall as part of the public safety initiative, but also as part of the work we are upgrading the air handling system at City Hall to make it more energy-efficient.”

The budget also provides funding for upgrading the aging roof of City Hall.

An increase in revenue from construction and retail activities has provided enough breathing room for the city to fill two vacant positions that went dark after the economic downturn in 2008.

About 10 percent of the city’s staffing was cut during that time. The two positions that will be filled are a facilities position and public works street department position.

“We are holding our own,” Kmet said. “You are always cautious in how we approach things, but I think we are going to be able to hold our own for the next couple years.”

A new part-time position of volunteer coordinator will also be added to the city’s payroll.

“There is a lot of need and interest for folks wanting to do volunteering for the city,” Kmet said. “We are reaching a point where we need someone to staff that and organize those volunteers.”

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 ckrotzer@theolympian.com theolympian.com/thisjustin @chelseakrotzer

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