Council will continue budget work

Olympia’s proposal, to be discussed Tuesday, would add 4 police officers

lpemberton@theolympian.comNovember 18, 2013 

The Olympia City Council will continue working on the city’s preliminary operating budget and Capital Facilities Plan during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Olympia police chief Ronnie Roberts is scheduled to give the council a report about the department’s technology needs and the supplies and equipment budgeted for his department.

“With the proposed budget, we add four new officers to the Police Department using voter-approved public sales tax, and we add two new firefighters using a federal grant,” city manager Steve Hall said. “The police will enhance our ability to serve the downtown and restore our participation in the regional narcotics task force.”

The city’s preliminary $119 million budget represents a 4.2 percent increase over the 2013 operating budget. There are no significant cuts in services or layoffs. The budget includes proposed utility rate increases, which will average about $5 a month per household, and recommendations for the lodging tax.

The proposed Capital Facilities Plan is $122 million and focuses on building, park, street and utility maintenance, according to Hall.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be in council chambers at City Hall, 601 4th Ave. E., Olympia.

For more information, call 360-753-8447 or go to olympiawa.gov.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com @Lisa_Pemberton

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