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Riverside budget goes to public hearing

GTNS photo by David Hotle

Riverside City Council members Edgar McGuire and Andy Rogers work on the proposed FY 2020 budget during a work session Tuesday evening.
GTNS photo by David Hotle Riverside City Council members Edgar McGuire and Andy Rogers work on the proposed FY 2020 budget during a work session Tuesday evening.

RIVERSIDE — During the third workshop on the annual city budget Tuesday evening, the Riverside City Council made few changes to the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget before deeming it ready for a public hearing.

During the regular council meeting Monday evening, Feb. 18, the council will set the date of the public hearing. Once the date is set the updated budget will be printed in a local newspaper and no further changes can be made to it. After the hearing the council will vote on approval of the budget.

“Our revenues are actually projected up $109,000 from last year,” city clerk Becky LaRoche said of the proposed general fund.

If approved, the general fund will have total revenues of $1,252,501 and total expenses of $1,244,124. There will be no change in the $8.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation property tax rate.

During the meeting, the council went through each of the city’s proposed funds. One area where expenses were unknown, including the salary for a city administrator, which the city is currently searching for. LaRoche hopes to have the expenses filled into the budget before Monday’s meeting.

During a previous meeting, the council decided to put off a proposed plan to repave and add curb and gutter to Third Street until next year in order to maintain a balanced budget. Most of the city’s capital plans involve adding water mains to the proposed Northern Heights Subdivision as well as paving the roads and adding curb and gutter.

Also during the meeting, council member Robert Schneider questioned whether the city’s water and sewer rates should be altered, saying he hopes to see a report on rates in neighboring cities to make the decision. Mayor Allen Schneider didn’t believe there would be enough time to do the study before the budget was due to the state. The council will do the study at a later date and if it chooses to change the rates, a budget amendment will be done.

Copies of the tentative budget are available in Riverside City Hall.