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.