- Bill Schaffer
- Central Oregonian - News
Reading the numbers
I received some fascinating bedtime reading a couple of days ago – the City of Prineville Budget 2001-2002. There are some interesting numbers in the 143-page document.
From an historical perspective, these numbers caught my attention:
* 20 years ago the real market valuation of all Prineville properties was
over $111 million
* 10 years ago the real market valuation of Prineville properties was over
* This year it’s more than $339 million.
* 20 years ago the per $100 tax rate was $2.98
* 10 years ago the per $100 tax rate was $3.94
* Today the per $100 tax rate is fixed at $3.0225
* 20 years ago the city population was 5,265
* 10 years ago the city population was 5,435
* Today the city population was 8,205
* 20 years ago the city had 30.5 employees
* 10 years ago the city had 47 employees
* Today the city has 58.5 employees
Another section of the budget I found fascinating was where revenues come from, for example:
Property taxes are expected to account for about $930,002 of the total $3,033,259 general fund resources. Room taxes from motels are projected to bring in $160,000. Electric utility franchise fees contribute $305,000; telephone franchise fees add $60,000 and cable another $42,500. From the state we get $14,970 from cigarette taxes and $61,807 from liquor sales.
The city expenses had some noteworthy figures, too. For example, the city manager received an 11.6 percent pay increase to $75,000 per year. (That’s considerably more than the county judge makes.) Several city administrators like the police chief, city planner and others received increases of more than 10 percent.
I guess I should spend some more time with the budget to see what else I can find.
The Fair was good
I’m told the attendance at the annual Crook County fair was down a little bit, but considering a couple of stormy days it wasn’t bad. The new Wednesday night barbecue was a big hit as was the Saturday Monster Truck show, which had more than 3,000 in attendance.
Once again, the 4H/FFA livestock sale was a big success with the annual event raising $206,321.
For those of you into numbers, here are the results:
135 hogs sold at an average price of $3.59 lb.
36 steers averaged $1.49 lb.
42 lambs averaged $5.10 lb.
8 pens of rabbits averaged $14.25 lb.
1 pen of turkeys averaged $2.75 lb.
1 pen of chickens averaged $9.00 lb.
There were 143 buyers.
Congratulations on a job well done.