Council OKs $26.7M budget

INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council on June 12 unanimously approved a $26,793,646 budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

There were no comments during the public hearing.

“Just to let the audience know, the budget committee did review all this and passed it unanimously,” said Mayor John McArdle. “We’ve previously seen this on several occasions.”

City Manager David Clyne said in a memo to the council that the budget committee, which met on April 25 and May 5, made a $20,915 increase to the Independence Police Department budget.

“As a result of that increase, corresponding adjustments were made in overhead transfers in the transportation, sewer, water and storm drain funds,” Clyne said.

The budget also includes a 2.5 percent cost-of-living-adjustment for non-represented employees, including the city manager.

“Increases for the bargaining units are not known yet, as those contracts are still in negotiation,” Clyne said.

During his report to the council, Clyne said Independence has a fill station set up to help Salem with its water issues, which are expected to last another couple of weeks.

The city of Salem issued a do-not-drink advisory on May 29, gave the all-clear on June 2, then reinstated the advisory on June 6.

“We also fielded a call from the department of corrections yesterday,” Clyne said. “They’re wanting to use us as an alternate supply in addition to Keizer, so of course we agreed to that. We’re doing what we can to help out the city.”

McArdle said he knew Independence city staff offered to be as helpful as possible when they got word of Salem’s water issues.

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