The Boardman City Council this week adopted the 2016-2017 City budget of $31,631,419 and the Urban Renewal Agency adopted their 2016-2017 budget of $2,598,300.
City property taxes will be levied at a rate of $4.2114 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and $451,000 will be levied for bonded indebtedness, not subject to Measure 5 or Measure 50 limitations.
City Finance Director Thomas Kligel said the city will end the current fiscal year in a strong cash position. He said the city’s focus for 2016-2017 will be to support continued housing development started in the previous years, to increase activity in city road maintenance, and to be proactive in the continued development of the Urban Renewal District’s projected long-term capital projects.
The 2016-2017 city budget reflects a substantial increase in activity over the previous budget year, with significant revenues estimated in the building department from projected higher construction at the Port of Morrow. More revenue is expected from the addition of an Oregon Community Block Grant the city will administer for the construction of a migrant Head Start school near the Castle Rock Apartments. Copies of the city and urban renewal budgets may be obtained by contacting the city clerk.
In other city business, councilors voted to accept ownership of field house building proposed by resident Lisa Mittelsdorf to be placed on city property. The council also voted to declare three unused city vehicles as surplus. Councilors also passed two resolutions necessary to receive an Oregon Community Block Grant, which state the city of Boardman supports the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.
The next meeting of the Boardman City Council will be Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m.