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Dallas introduces 2016-17 budget

Fiscal plan as proposed Monday maintains current services and adds staff

DALLAS — The proposed 2016-17 budget for the city of Dallas contains no cuts and will add a few employees.

City Manager Ron Foggin introduced the $37 million total budget — $10.8 million in the general fund — Monday during the Dallas Budget Committee meeting.

“I’m happy to report that we are maintaining (current) levels of service,” Foggin said. “Where we can find places to improve at a low cost, we are doing so.”

Employees will be added to code enforcement, police and public works, Foggin said.

He also discussed challenges facing budget planning for 2016-17 and beyond.

Increases to the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System are at the top of the list.

Foggin said the rate hike will cost the city $160,000 starting in July 2017. Half of that amount is included in 2016-17’s financial plan.

“That is something that in this budget, we’ve already started working towards,” Foggin said. “In an effort to get ahead, we’ve budgeted for that increase this year and we will budget every year for that.”

Other challenges include planning for minimum wage increases over the next several years and paying for infrastructure improvements.

“Long-range planning is important, so I think that we’ve done what we can to keep up with our challenges,” Foggin said.

The budget committee will meet next on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 187 SE Court St.

The committee will cover public safety and public works departments.

A meeting covering administrative, and building and grounds departments is slated for May 2.

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