Instead of a regular business meeting, the Olympia City Council will host a special forum to discuss the city’s 2014 operating budget with the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.
The 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting is open to the public and will be at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Agenda items include a presentation on the city’s budget materials, questions and answers, and information about the City Council’s initiatives and major construction projects.
City officials have proposed a preliminary operating budget of $119.3 million for 2014, representing a 4.2 percent increase in expenditures. The city’s general fund is $65 million, up 3.5 percent from 2013, according to budget materials.
“In summary, the economy appears to be improving — some,” City Manager Steve Hall told the City Council during last Tuesday’s meeting. “… We have not proposed any layoffs or any major cuts in services.”
Next year’s budget demonstrates the city’s heightened emphasis on public safety — it includes funding for four law enforcement and two fire department positions, according to administrative services director Jane Ragland Kirkemo.
The city’s budget materials are available at olympiawa.gov.
A public hearing on the city’s operating budget, capital budget and ad valorem tax (property tax) is slated for Nov. 12, and the council will adopt the budget in mid-December.Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 firstname.lastname@example.org