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FC budget focuses on infrastructure



FALLS CITY — The city of Falls City began the 2016-17 fiscal year with a “status quo” budget, with a focus on applying for grants to complete necessary infrastructure improvements.

The city’s total budget is $1,919,455, with $516,480 in the general fund, which covers costs in administration, Wagner Community Library, the municipal court, the fire department, parks and cemeteries, and debt service.

“The budget submitted this year is pretty much the same as last year’s,” wrote Mayor Terry Ungricht in his budget message. “The challenge before us is to chart the course that helps us meet our citizen’s service expectations and to grow our revenue base. Right now, the city’s revenues are flat and our expenses continue to increase. We will need to develop plans to reduce spending and raise revenues.”

Ungricht said the budget includes grants for water and wastewater projects and for the fire department. It also includes funding for a part-time city manager, although Ungricht is now volunteering to fill the position. He said that’s only a temporary solution.

“I have notified council that the city manager needs to be a full-time position,” he said. “There is too much work for a part-time position, but due to finances and my volunteering for the position, we budgeted (at) part-time this year. … We need to look at funding this position full-time in the future.”

A part-time public works position is included in the budget, as well.

The Falls City City Council adopted the budget in June, in time for the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

Falls City’s 2016-17 budget:

General fund: $516,480

Water fund: $543,031

Sewer fund: $233,249

Streets and pathways: $169,139

Community Development revolving loan fund: $93,433.

Wagner Reserve funds: $89,228

City utility reserve fund: $274,895

Total: $1,919,455



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