The Olympia City Council approved an appropriations ordinance Tuesday that divvies up extra money from last year’s budget to go toward a new fire truck, a project at the Holly Motel and more.
About $2.3 million was left from the 2014 budget, according to Jane Kirkemo, the city’s finance director. The city brought in $1.5 million in additional revenue over its original estimate and was $780,549 under budget with expenditures.
The city is devoting 10 percent of that toward maintaining its reserves. The rest will go toward unfunded priorities — one-time expenditures — in the 2015 budget.
The largest chunk of money, about $450,000, will purchase a new fire truck. Kirkemo said the truck will be ordered this year and should go into service in 2016.
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Other priorities that now get funded include $360,000 for the capital facilities plan to cover any cost overruns on downtown demolition projects, namely the city-owned buildings on the isthmus. The remainder of that amount will go toward a sealing project for the Fourth Avenue bridge.
Another $350,000 will go toward immediate repairs to the aging Percival Landing to keep the rotting boardwalks and docks open while the city searches for funding for major repairs. The city reports that all repairs would cost about $6.9 million.
About $250,000 will benefit the Downtown Strategy, which involves implementation of goals in the city’s comprehensive plan. About $109,000 will go toward a trust for current and future medical expenses for police and firefighters.
The city will make a one-time payment of $50,000 toward the municipal arts fund, along with $50,000 toward a project called Holly Landing. Holly Landing is a proposal by nonprofit Homes First to turn the Holly Motel on Martin Way into permanent housing for the homeless.
"This is a really important project, not only for the city, but the region," Mayor Stephen Buxbaum said of Holly Landing.
On a related note, the council agreed to allocate $17,000 toward the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter. The shelter had requested the money, which was part of remaining funds that the council had originally set aside in 2012 for a new shelter.
There was an extensive conversation about saving the Olympia Harbor Patrol, a program that faces closure this spring due to a lack of state funding. The council and the city’s finance committee are looking for long-term funding or partnerships for the patrol, which is an all-volunteer group that monitors Budd Inlet for safety hazards.
Councilwoman Cheryl Selby said she will have more to report on the patrol in May. City Manager Steve Hall said the patrol will be available on standby.