Humboldt Council approves budget for fiscal year 2014

HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt City Council approved the 2013-2014 proposed city budget Monday.

Expenditures by department will be:

  • Public safety: $742,170, an increase from $680,822 currently
  • Public works: $1.3 million, an increase from $1.0 million
  • Culture and recreation: $1.01 million, an increase from $1.0 million
  • Community and economic development: $1.2 million, an increase from $693,422
  • General government: $326,591, a decrease from $332,174
  • Debt service: $613,165 a decrease from $614,100
  • Capital projects: $3.7 million, a decrease from $8.9 million
  • Business type/enterprise activities, including water, sewer and solid waste: $2.6 million, an increase from $ 2.1 million

The budget also includes a 2 percent cost of living salary increase for city employees, 1.5 percent increase for police, and a 3 percent increase for the city administrator.

“We’ve worked really hard to build up the general fund. I think that’s an area of need for the city,” City Administrator Aaron Burnett said. “The general fund is getting back to a position where the city can be a little more aggressive with projects and addressing some capital projects that might have been delayed.”

In other business, the council:

  • Approved a lease agreement with the Humboldt County Extension Council for 4-H groups to use the former fire station as an indoor archery range. The lease is $1 for one year.
  • Approved the final readings of five ordinances making zoning changes as recommended by the planning and zoning board.
  • Set an April 1 bid letting for the 2013 infrastructure improvement project
  • Set an April 1 bid letting for a Sumner Avenue landscaping project.