The Olympia City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the city’s preliminary 2014 operating budget and its proposed 2014-19 Capital Facilities Plan.
The preliminary budget includes a utility rate increase and recommendations for the lodging tax.
The proposed residential rate hikes are 7 percent for water rates, 4 percent for wastewater, 3 percent for the LOTT Clean Water Alliance and 2 percent for stormwater.
“On a monthly basis, it translates to about $5 per household,” said City Manager Steve Hall.
The city’s 2014 operating expenditure budget is $119 million, which represents a 4.2 percent increase over the 2013 budget.
“The operating budget is pretty much a repeat of last year — we didn’t have to cut any employees or programs,” Hall said.
It includes funding for four new law enforcement and two new fire positions, he added.
The proposed Capital Facilities Plan is $122 million, and focuses on building, park, street and utility maintenance.
The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E. For more information on the budget and plan, go to olympiawa.gov.
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